Network Collective Action

General Description
  • Collective action and political group dynamics are often understood around the role of central, focal and visible entities. The objective is to introduce a novel paradigm, based on the idea of leading from the periphery, to explain network effects incongruent with the predictions of traditional centralist readings of collective action: formulating network effects, detection of the distributed network patterns in peripheral social networks using observational data, running experiments, if possible, to map patterns of collective social behavior that originate from the margins.
  • [2017, Cambridge University Press] Leading from the Periphery and Network Collective Action
    • argues for a reformulation of collective action dilemma based on decentralized leadership. Existing theories of collective action, in contrast, emphasize central leaders, uniting themes and economizing means of centralization.
    • Winner of Best Book Award (2015-17) from American Political Science Association’s Political Networks Section9781107141193
Data: Book's Online Appendix
  • Cairo Survey Dataset, Link
  • Damascus GIS Dataset, Link
  • Network Experiments of Collective Action Dataset, Link
  • 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Email Scans, Link
  • Cairo Survey Scans, Link
  • Network Experiments, Visualizations, Link
Synopsis - Link
Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1: Mobilization from the Margins
  • Chapter 2: Decentralization of Revolutionary Unrest: Dispersion Hypothesis
  • Chapter 3: Vanguards at the Periphery, A Network Formulation
  • Chapter 4: Civil War and Contagion in Small Worlds
  • Chapter 5: Peripheral Influence, Experimentations in Collective Risk Taking
  • Chapter 6: Decentralization & Power, Novel Modes of Social Organization


Select Papers/Drafts on the Topic
  • [Political Communication January 2014 – 31(1) ] “Media Disruption and Revolutionary Unrest: Evidence from Mubarak’s Quasi-Experiment” Link
    • Winner of International Communications Association’s Keith R. Sanders and Lynda Lee Kaid Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award
  • A Quasi-Experimental Study of Contagion and Coordination in Urban Conflict: Evidence from The Syrian Civil War in Damascus Link
  • Dynamic Models of Mobilization in Political Networks – Link
  • Localization of the News and Urban Unrest: A Media Usage and Protest Location Survey in Cairo – Link
Events, Courses, Related Projects
  • For two consecutive years, organization of two one-day conferences on digital methods in political science at NYU and Princeton:
  • From Princeton’s Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, 2014 (conference organization)
  • From Yale Law School, Richard A. Bartlett ’82 Fund, Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D) project, 2014 (for fieldwork in Cairo)
  • From Yale Law School, Knight Law and Media Program Summer Fellowship, 2013 (for methods summer school at DMI Amsterdam)
See Also
    • Hushed Dissent: Permanent Incumbency Advantage and Varieties of Online Political Dialogue under Competitive Authoritarianism Link

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