Welcome to The Program on Networked Governance

The traditional notion of hierarchical, top down, government has always been an imperfect match for the decentralized governance system of the US. However, much of what government does requires co-production of policy among agencies that have no formal authority over each other, fundamentally undermining the traditional Weberian image of bureaucracy. Networked governance refers to a growing body of research on the interconnectedness of essentially sovereign units, which examines how those interconnections facilitate or inhibit the functioning of the overall system. The objective of this program is two-fold: (1) to foster research on networked governance and (2) to provide a forum to discuss the challenges of networked governance.

David Lazer, Director

Connecting to Congress Connecting to Congress
DNA in the Criminal Justice System DNA in the Criminal Justice
Knowledge Sharing and Networking among State Health Officials Knowledge Sharing and Networking among State Health Officials
Network & Teams Networks & Teams
Working Paper Series PNG Working Paper Series
CCCSN Cambridge Colloquium on Complexity and Social Networks (CCCSN)
TAICON The Trans-Atlantic Initiative on Complex Organizations and Networks (TAICON)
Social Network Analysis

Social Network Analysis

NCDG The National Center for Digital Government (now at UMass Amherst)

Highlights of past events
CCCSN and PNG events archive (2001 - present)
TAICON events archive

06/11-13/2009 - Harvard Political Networks Conference

Damon Centola

04/06/2009 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
"Diffusion in Social Networks: New Theory and Experiments"
Damon Centola, MIT
Taubman-275, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

04/13/2009 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft Research
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

04/27/2009 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
"Genes and Social Networks"
James Fowler, UCSD
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

05/11/2009 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
Eszter Hargittai, Northwestern
Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Tanzeem Choudhury

03/02/2009 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
"Using Sensors to Make Sense of People: Inferring the Micro and Macro Level Properties of Social Networks from Mobile Sensor Data"
Tanzeem Choudhury, Dartmouth
Taubman-275, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Watch online Vimeo

Alex (Sandy) Pentland

11/24/2008 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
"Honest Signals"
Prof. Alex (Sandy) Pentland, MIT
Taubman-275, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Marc Smith

10/27/2008 - PNG/CCCSN Online Event
"Online Tutorial for Excel .NetMap"
Marc Smith, Connected Action Consulting
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Download .NetMap, Video wmv

Cesar Hidalgo

10/20/2008 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
"Economic Complexity and Growth"
Cesar Hidalgo, Harvard University
Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Nathan Eagle

09/15/2008 - PNG/CCCSN Seminar
"Mobile Phones in Africa: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Research"
Nathan Eagle, MIT and the Santa Fe Institute
Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor Littauer Bldg, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Presentation Slides pdf

The Harvard Networks in Political Science Conference
(with pre-Conference Workshops June 11 & 12)

Video now available
The Eric M. Mindich Conference on Computational Social Science

The Center for European Studies at Harvard - 4:15-6:00pm
"The Information Society and the Democratic Process: A Take on the French Elections"
Busch Hall, Cabot Room, 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Please take a look at the entries on our blog and participate in the discussion. The objective of this blog is to offer a forum for the discussion of the intertwined subjects of network analysis and complex systems theory. Click here to go to the Complexity and Social Networks Blog

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Upcoming Events

*A light lunch will be served at each seminar. / You can access all past events in our archive.

Featured Research and News
David Lazer et al., "Computational Social Science," Science, 6 February 2009: 721-723 is now available online, in print, or by emailing David Fishman. Access the full text online from David Lazer's Publications page. Please see the Complexity and Social Networks Blog for a preprint version of the paper. Supporting online material is available for free on the Science website.
David Lazer and Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger's Edited Volume Governance and Information: From Electronic Government to Information Government (MIT Press 2007) is now available!

Watch Video

07/15/2007 & 04/01/2007 CBS 60 Minutes

David Lazer and Fred Bieber's research on familial searching was featured in the CBS News program 60 Minutes (Watch video).
David Lazer (Ed.), 2004, DNA and the Criminal Justice System, MIT Press.
Please join us in the effort to build/create the first Google-Maps mash-up of the global research community on social networks. Please go to the following website called Sociallight and add your or other peoples information (location, name, research interest, URL) to our channel/map called "Social Networks". Registration is necessary to add a marker but is free and can be done in less than 5 minutes.
Google Maps mash-up of 3-1-1/N-1-1 type non-emergency government service projects in the U.S. and around the globe. Please report any new developments or projects to the email below.

Alexander Schellong, 2008. Citizen Relationship Management - A Study of CRM in Government. Frankfurt: Peter Lang Publishing.

Postdoctoral Fellow Ines Mergel is now Assistant Professor of Information Management and Public Management at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in New York.

Article about David Lazer's Kennedy School course "Building Organizational Social Capital" in The Korea Times, "Organic Leadership Via Networking."
David Lazer quoted in, "Feds welcome expanded DNA tests" Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
David Lazer quoted in, "Many DNA matches aren't acted on" USA Today.
This figure by David Lazer/ Ines Mergel/ Allan Friedman plots the citation patterns of social network papers published in 2005 in the American Journal of Sociology.
Frederick Bieber, David Lazer and Charles Brenner Science paper on "Finding Criminals Through DNA of Their Relatives" appears on Harvard University Gazette / CNN.COM / MSNBC / ABC News / Boston Globe / New York Times / Washington Post / Chicago Tribune / The Seattle Times / LA Times / FoxNews / Forbes / USAToday / Pravda / Canada.com / SF Chronicle / Heise.de / Phsyorg.com / Officer / BBC News / NPR
Ines Mergel/ David Lazer: Tutorial on Application of Social Network Analysis in Digital Government Research
dg.O 2005 , Atlanta (Program, Handouts, Presentations)

UMass Amherst INFORMS Seminar Series schedule

Older news can be found in our News archive


Acknowledgment and Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0131923.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

© 2005 Concept & Design by Alexander Schellong | Updates by Bernie Cahill and David Fishman