The network of goverance
May 4th, 2006 by JTJ

We recently stumbled across the following resource from the 

Complexity and Social Networks Blog

  Check out….

The Program on Networked Governance

“The traditional notion of hierarchical, top down,
government has always been an imperfect match for the decentralized
governance system of the US. However, much of what government does
requires co-production of policy among agencies that have no formal
authority over each other, fundamentally undermining the traditional
Weberian image of bureaucracy. Networked governance refers to a
growing body of research on the interconnectedness of essentially
sovereign units, which examines how those interconnections facilitate
or inhibit the functioning of the overall system. The objective
of this program is two-fold: (1) to foster research on networked
governance and (2) to provide a forum to discuss the challenges
of networked governance.”

Also, see

“… an entry by Andrew Bond posted a few weeks ago in his blog “Analytical Visions”.


“Andy recently published a follow up on US senate voting patterns. One of the Program on Networked Governance research projects called “Connecting to Congress
is collecting a lot of data on how the Internet might transform
Congress ways of connecting citizens to elected officials so we are
always interested in that type of research. We will also use SNA with
some parts of the data during the course of the project. Related to
Andy's post is a paper by Wang/Mohanty/McCallum that draws on voting records from the US Senate and UN.
Their SNA simultaneously discovers groups of entities and also clusters
attributes of their relations, such that clustering in each dimension
informs the other. In short, legislators many times cluster around a
topic regardless of their party membership.

“Finally, if you have ever wondered who supported who's bill in congress you should check out the embedded link.

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