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The New Power PoliticsNetworks and Transnational Security Governance$
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Deborah Avant and Oliver Westerwinter

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190604493

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604493.001.0001

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Centrality in Transnational Governance

Centrality in Transnational Governance

How Networks of International Institutions Shape Power Processes

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The New Power Politics

Alexander H. Montgomery

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that network centrality approaches can illuminate power processes in transnational security governance. Most approaches to power and centrality focus on the direct effects of the possession of resources or ties. By contrast, centrality can also inform how network structures constrain behavior through diffuse power processes. The usefulness of this approach is illustrated by replicating two important papers on socialization through democratic international organizations and producing order through alliance hierarchies. Using network conceptualizations and measurements of these processes allows for better connections between theory and empirics, more precise hypothesis testing, broadened scope, and improved models. Particularly this network analysis shows that socialization by democratic international organizations is more important than dispute resolution mechanisms in preventing conflict and ordering through hierarchical structures occurs throughout the entire international alliance system.

Keywords:   network analysis, transnational security governance, power, centrality, socialization, hierarchy

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