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ABSTRACT: Is political agreement in social networks the product of selection or influence? We investigate this question using the first large, general population sample survey to track changes in the political discussion partners named by respondents over the course of an election campaign. We identify two social processes at work during the nine months prior to the election: “selection”, or the likelihood that people choose discussion partners based on their political views, and “influence”, or the likelihood that respondents exposed to political disagreement change their intended vote choice. We find evidence of both positive and negative selection for political agreement, as well as evidence that people are influenced by their friends and family.
Social Networks 01/2014; 36:134–146.
Nature 12/2013; 504(7478):97.
Journal of Sports Sciences 12/2013; 31(16):1854-5.
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