The contribution of Social Network Analysis in Public Policies - The challenges to combine SNA with Multicriteria Analysis

Ingold, Karin (12 September 2008). The contribution of Social Network Analysis in Public Policies - The challenges to combine SNA with Multicriteria Analysis (Unpublished). In: 5th conference on Applications of Social Network Analysis (ASNA 2008). Zürich, Switzerland. 12.-13.09.2008.

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This article discusses to which theoretical concepts and research questions in the field of public policies social network analysis (SNA) can make a fruitful contribution. I argue that only by combining SNA with a content analysis we can study appropriately a given decision making process and explain policy outputs. This article illustrates the challenges and possibilities to combine SNA with multicriteria analysis and indicates the contribution of SNA in the field of public policies. Concretely, the analysis of the Swiss climate policy as a case study shows where multicriteria analysis confirms SNA’s findings, and where it gives even additional and necessary content information to explain policy outputs. Finally, the author answers the question if both methods together strengthen the understanding of a specific policy development and if they realise an added value to research projects in social sciences.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)

UniBE Contributor:

Ingold, Karin Mirjam

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karin Mirjam Ingold Michel

Date Deposited:

14 Aug 2017 16:25

Last Modified:

14 Aug 2017 16:25

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98422

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