The Impact of Network Social Capital on Achieving State Political Power

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD student in Political Science, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.

2 PhD student in Political Science, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran


The main purpose of this article is to analyze the disintegration of government in third-world countries using network policy. Although networks pursue different goals, they seek to strengthen the resources of the relationship between individuals. In network politics, the central position of action, political power is the subject of conflict and gaining more power is the most important goal of political action. The interaction between these two concepts, That is, social capital and network-based analysis means adopting a network perspective on social capital in a qualitative way and involving the government in this analysis. The results of this study show that specific resources are flowing within the political networks, which include social capital or integrated capital, depending on the way of distinguishing people inside the network From others outside the network. Although these networks seek to gain a greater share of society's scarce resources of political power, economic wealth, and social prestige, the main issue in the conflict is the acquisition of political power. The point of contention is the state arena or within and around the state. Although research on The social structure has been the focus of network analysis, network policy, while considering both structural and cognitive-normative dimensions, emphasizes the quality of norms and the type of strategies that political actors adopt to achieve greater political power.


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Volume 30, Issue 3 - Serial Number 100
December 2021
Pages 531-552
  • Receive Date: 27 May 2021
  • Revise Date: 02 September 2021
  • Accept Date: 08 September 2021
  • First Publish Date: 25 September 2021