The Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association recently recognized Frederick J. Boehmke with the 2013 Best Conference Paper in Political Networks prize for his article "Inferring Policy Diffusion Networks in the American States," co-authored with Jeffrey J. Harden and Bruce Desmarais.
The article explores how policy innovations spread across the states, documenting the existence of a policy diffusion network. "We summarize and analyze the structure of the inferred diffusion network and assess the ways in which it has changed over the last several decades," the authors say. "We [also] demonstrate how the inferred diffusion network can be integrated into conventional statistical models of state policy adoption." This combination of empirical grounding and cutting edge methods is what most impressed the award committee.
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