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A Study on the Network Structure of the Public Administration Academic Community Using the Coauthor Network from 1998 to 2009

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2012, 22(4), pp.129-153
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Chisung Park 1

1중앙대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is 1) to explore hidden patterns of network structures in the public administration academic community through social network analysis, and 2) to explain the influences of the structural properties of authors on their academic performance through regression analysis. This study gathers coauthor relation data from 24 public administration journals as well as author attribute data from various sources. The analysis results can be summarized into three main findings. First, the Public Administration academic community displays a high level of academic collaboration. In other words, the coauthor network in public administration is relatively well connected compared to other academic collaboration networks. Second, academicians who participate in small and fragmented components of the network are socially more reputable, but show a lower level of performance than members in the main component of the network. Finally, while degree and betweenness centrality are positively associated with academic performance, closeness centrality is negatively associated with the academic performance of authors.

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