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The online version of Social Networks at ScienceDirect.com, the world's leading platform for high quality peer-reviewed full-text journals.
Under the onslaught of the research on networks, political science has begun to shift from its often asocial, atomistic moorings to become, literally, a more social science. We believe that this is a healthy move, paradigmatically. There are few political phenomena at any level of analysis that do not have a relational aspect. Political opinions do not form in a social vacuum. Coalitions must in part reflect prior relationships and collaborations. Conflict between nations must in part depend on the relationships of those states with third parties. Power is not a unitary construct but dependent on a broader field of connections among actors and resources. We anticipate further growth in this space for supply and demand reasons. On the demand side, the marginal returns are still quite high because of its relative under development in the discipline. On the supply side, there has been a proliferation of data sources, statistical tools, and training (inside and outside the discipline) to make the study of networks far more tractable now than even just a few years ago. The contributions in this volume thus represent a downpayment on intellectual dividends to come.