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Chapter 22: A Multiple-Network Analysis of the World System of Nations, 1995–1999

A Multiple-Network Analysis of the World System of Nations, 1995–1999

A multiple-network analysis of the world system of nations, 1995–1999
Edward L.Kick, Laura A.McKinney, SteveMcDonald, and AndrewJorgenson


In this chapter we address the theoretical and empirical foundations of network approaches in macrosociological studies of the world system, we offer multiple-network findings to address the structure of the modern world system and nations’ positions in it. With these results, we replicate the pioneering global network findings of Snyder and Kick (1979). Their effort still enjoys considerable currency in the literature (see Mahutga, 2006), but they use network data from the early 1960s that are now a dated representation of the modern world system.

Network analyses such as ours are relatively new in the study of macrosociology. Empirical analysis of ...

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