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Политические сети. От метафоры к концепту

Публичная политика. 2017. № 2. С. 112-125.
Балаян А. А., Томин Л. В.

The paper offers a critical analysis of theories working with the concept of “network” in the framework of various areas of philosophy, sociology and political science. Theories are classified through the explication of their epistemological foundations and the designation of problem fields in which they work. From the unformed use of the concept of “network” as a suitable metaphor to its conceptualization in the research of the role of information and new media and work on security issues. The paper focuses on the prospects of using the concept of “network” primarily for analyzing the transformation of political actors (parties, social and protest movements).