Multiplex networks and interest group influence reputation: An exponential random graph model

Michael T. Heaney
2014 Social Networks  
Interest groups struggle to build reputations as influential actors in the policy process and to discern the influence exercised by others. This study conceptualizes influence reputation as a relational variable that varies locally throughout a network. Drawing upon interviews with 168 interest group representatives in the United States health policy domain, this research examines the effects of multiplex networks of communication, coalitions, and issues on influence reputation. Using an
more » ... tial random graph model (ERGM), the analysis demonstrates that multiple roles of confidant, collaborator, and issue advocate affect how group representatives understand the influence of those with whom they are tied, after accounting for homophily among interest groups.
doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2012.11.003 fatcat:hm4jzbr7lvgubdnbpfuta7dvmi