Department of Computational Social Science Seminar-MAGALLANES

Friday, September 13, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

"Uncovering strategies to achieve political success in the Peruvian Congress analyzing bill cosponsorship networks"

Jose Magallanes, PhD Student
Computational Social Science
George Mason University

ABSTRACT: Congressmen need to make good connections to achieve political success. We explore connections within congress using a proxy bill cosponsorship. The case selected is Peru, a Congress with many interesting salient phenomena due to its formal organization and purposes of their congressmen. We have considered the complete set of proposals for the 2006-2011 period, which represents 10 legislative sessions. If cosponsorship is a good proxy of the "right-connection" network, it is expected theoretically that as time passes, the network can tell us what are the characteristics of the successful congressmen. Due to the diversity of issues, the multiparty system and other factors, this case may represent a particular challenge to computational social science.