Political Networks Conference (POLNET)

  • May 28 – 30, 2020
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst

We seek proposals for individual papers, posters, or organized panels that engage in rigorous theoretical and/or empirical research on the application of networks to politics and policy. We also welcome contributions that develop novel methodological approaches to the analysis of political networks. We aim to have a conference that represents research from a broad range of subfields and methodologies, and submissions are encouraged from scholars in political science or related disciplines including sociology, communications, psychology, public policy, and computer science. Methodological approaches may include, but are not limited to, statistical studies, laboratory and field experiments, ethnography, formal models, and computer simulations. Topics presented at past conferences include investigations of individual political behavior; interactions of individuals with traditional and online media; activist participation in interest groups, social movements, and political parties; interest group and corporate relationships with government agencies and officials; relationships within and among local, state, and federal government agencies; legislator communications and alliance formation; the political implications of international trade flows; ethnic cooperation and conflict; international alliances, organizations, and conflict; and a wide range of other political topics. The PolNet conference has played a key role in stimulating research and developing our field, increasing the role of network data and concepts in the study of politics and policy.

To submit an individual paper or poster proposal, or to submit an organized panel, please go here.

More information, as it becomes available, can be found at the conference website.

For full consideration, proposals must be submitted by February 28, 2020.

Decisions regarding proposals will be announced by March 23, 2020.