A Visual Data Collection Method: German Lacal Parties and Associations

Isabelle Borucki
2017 Connections  
This research captures local networks of German political parties and welfare agencies in regards to poverty. The article explores whether there are differences in regards to homophily and brokerage between the two studied groups using a dataset of 33 egonetworks in two German cities. The computer assisted drawn networks were collected in an interactiveparticipative way together with the interviewed egonetworks. To achieve the theoretical aim of analysing homophily and brokerage between
more » ... ans and welfare workers, two hypotheses are examined, resting upon social capital theory. The hypotheses were quantified and explicated with different variables. The first hypothesis states that heterophile networks imply more social capital, which referred to different measurements (size, density, homophily). This could be partially validated since the analysed networks of association representatives (N=12) were denser and slightly more heterophile than those of party representatives (N=21). Second, it was assumed that politicians, because of their function as elected representatives, would be more likely to take on an interface function within the communities than representatives of civil society institutions. Results based on calculated EI-indices, subgraphs and brokerage show that party representatives do indeed have larger networks, but these networks split into fewer subgraphs than association representatives' networks.
doi:10.17266/cx.2017.001 fatcat:rz76zaflk5d6jc3bocuiqztw5q