Network Collective Action

Project 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.
Book
Select Papers
  • [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 Network Models of Collective Action – Link
  • Protest Participation and Modes of Communication – Link
Data
  • Book’s Online Appendix
    • Cairo Survey, Link
    • Damascus GIS Dataset, Link
    • Network Experiments of Collective Action, Link
    • 2011 Egyptian Revolution, Email Scans, Link
    • Cairo Survey Scans, Link
    • Network Experiments, Visualizations, Link
Events, Courses, Related Projects
  • For two consecutive years, organization of one-day conferences on digital methods in political science:
Grants
  • 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