Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics


This chapter addresses social influence in politics as it is realized among individuals who are located within networks of social interaction and communication. A series of issues is addressed: the problematic role of social communication in the realization of influence; the potential for self-selected patterns of association; the social contingencies operating on influence within dyads; the consequences of disagreement frequency within larger networks for influence within dyads; the role of social cognition in affecting patterns of influence; the multiple faces of influence for changes in attitudes, attitude strength, ambivalence, and more; the role of cognitive complexity in inhibiting influence; and the role of biology and personality in affecting who is influential and who is susceptible to influence.

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, second edition, eds. Leonie Huddy, David O. Sears, and Jack Levy. Oxford University Press, pp. 662-698.