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February 19, 2006


or they could just be shopping at the same stores, or magazines as it were.....

"We Thank You For Your Support: Information Exchange and Extended Party Networks"

(Greg Koger, Seth Masket and Hans Noel)

Abstract: What is a party? We argue that the formal party apparatus is just a portion of an extended network of interest groups, media, 527s, and candidates. We systematically measure a portion of this network by tracking transfers of names between different actors. Our analysis reveals two distinct and polarized networks corresponding to a more liberal Democratic group and a more conservative Republican group. Formal party organizations, like the DNC and RNC, tend to receive information within their respective networks, which suggests that other groups serve to funnel information toward the formal party.

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