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Lost CausesAgenda Vetting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security$
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Charli Carpenter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448850

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448850.001.0001

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Networks, Centrality, and Global Issue Creation

Networks, Centrality, and Global Issue Creation

(p.19) 2 Networks, Centrality, and Global Issue Creation
Lost Causes

Charli Carpenter

Cornell University Press

This chapter draws on insights from social network theory to sharpen our understanding of advocacy networks and why it matters to the question of how activists select issues for attention. It discusses ways in which the concept of a “transnational advocacy network” might be sharpened and operationalized. The chapter argues that these networks are global, not transnational; are issue networks, not advocacy networks; and especially that they are structures, not organizational types. In particular, the chapter distinguishes four types of relevant structural relations that deserve closer scrutiny by international relations scholars: relations among actors, relations among issues, relations among individuals, and relations among networks. It then shows how these intranetwork relationships matter causally in determining which issues become salient within advocacy networks and which get overlooked.

Keywords:   social network theory, advocacy networks, transnational advocacy network, structural relations, intranetwork relationships

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