9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN32 Political Sociology

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Political Networks Building I, 2E10

Legislative Social Networks - The Case of the Swedish Parliament

The structures of legislative networks have mostly been studied with regard to the American, biparty case. The ongoing-research reported here studies the structural features of a multi-party legislature, through the collaboration-networks among Swedish parliamentarians. Members of the Swedish "Riksdag" are linked by their collaboration on several types of legislative proposals, with a certain emphasis on cross-party, and cross-block initiatives. Furthermore, differences regarding the networks of legislative initiatives between the current (2006-) institutional conditions, characterized by a right wing-liberal majority-government, are contrasted with a long string of previous periods dominated by social democratic minority-governments. The significance of institutional circumstances for establishing parliamentary collaboration networks is thus explored. Exponential random graph (p*) models are used, and the properties of collaboration networks are explored on multiple network levels. The results have implications for our understanding of the roles of collaborative networks in multi-party political assemblies.