Journal article

Borders Moderating Distance: A Social Network Analysis of Spatial Effects on Policy Interaction

Christophe Sohn, Dimitris Christopoulos, Johan Koskinen



The present paper examines the importance of integrating geographical effects into the analysis of social networks. Specifically, we study the impacts of spatial distance and territorial borders on information exchange within two European cross-border regions where there is evidence of extensive cross-border political interaction in the domain of public transportation. We use exponential random graph models to review how these spatial factors influence policy interaction. We show how the effect of distance on the exchange of information between organizations is less obvious than it seems at first sight, when we control for endogenous networks effects with which it tends to be confounded. We ..

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Awarded by National Research Fund of Luxembourg (FNR Project)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research is part of the MetroNet project supported by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg (FNR Project C09/SR/03).