Mesolevel networks and the diffusion of social movements: The case of the Swedish Social Democratic Party

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Show simple item record Sandell, Frank Rickard Hedström, Peter Stern, Charlotta 2022-04-22T15:41:15Z 2022-04-22T15:41:15Z 2000-07-01
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Hedström, P., Sandell, R., & Stern, C. (2000). Mesolevel Networks and the Diffusion of Social Movements: The Case of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. American Journal of Sociology, 106 (1), pp. 145-172.
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9602
dc.description.abstract In analyzing the spatial diffusion of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, this article introduces the notion of a mesolevel network. A mesolevel network is a social network that differs in three important respects from interpersonal microlevel networks directly linking prior and potential adopters of a practice to one another: (1) it is generated by a different causal process than the microlevel network; (2) it tends to be much sparser than the microlevel network; and (3) the typical edge of a mesolevel network bridges much longer sociometric and geographic distances than the typical edge of a microlevel network. These types of mesolevel networks are important because they can dramatically influence the speed at which a contagious practice will diffuse. The mesolevel network focused upon in this article is the network that emerged out of the travel routes of political agitators affiliated with the Social Democratic Party. Computational modeling shows that the diffusion of the Social Democratic Party is likely to have been considerably influenced by the structure of this network. Empirical analyses of the founding of party organizations during the period 1894-1911 support these theoretical predictions and suggest that this mesolevel network was of considerable importance for the diffusion of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press
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dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.title Mesolevel networks and the diffusion of social movements: The case of the Swedish Social Democratic Party
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Sociología
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 145
dc.identifier.publicationissue 1
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 172
dc.identifier.publicationtitle AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 106
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000029429
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