Type
Article
Titre
Norms, status and the dynamics of advice networks : a case study
Dans
Social Networks
Auteur(s)
LAZEGA Emmanuel - Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales (IRISSO) (Auteur)
MOUNIER Lise - Centre Maurice Halbwachs (Auteur)
SNIJDERS Tom - UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN (Auteur)
TUBARO Paola - University of Greenwich Business School (Auteur)
Éditeur
NL : Elsevier B.V.
Volume
34
Pages
323 - 332 p.
ISSN
03788733
Mots clés
Advice networks, Longitudinal analysis, Homophily, Norms, Social selection
Résumé
EN
The issue of the influence of norms on behavior is as old as sociology itself. This paper explores the effect of normative homophily (i.e. “sharing the same normative choices”) on the evolution of the advice network among lay judges in a courthouse. Blau’s (1955, 1964) social exchange theory suggests that members select advisors based on the status ofthe advisor. Additional research shows that members of an organization use similarities with others in ascribed, achieved or inherited characteristics, as well as other kinds of ties, to mitigate the potentially negative effects of this strong status rule. We elaborate and test these theories using data on advisor choice in the Commercial Court of Paris.We use a jurisprudential case about unfair competition (material and “moral” damages), a case that we submitted to allthe judges ofthis court, to test the effect of normative homophily on the selection of advisors, controlling for status effects. Normative homophily is measured by the extent to which two judges are equally “punitive” in awarding damages to plaintiffs. Statistical analyses combine longitudinal advice network data collected among the judges with their normative dispositions. Contrary to what could be expected from conventional sociological theories, we find no pure effect of normative homophily on the choice of advisors. In this case, therefore, sharing the same norms and values does not have, by itself, a mitigating effect and does not contribute to the evolution ofthe network.We argue that status effects, conformity and alignments on positions of opinion leaders in controversies still provide the best insights into the relationship between norms, structure and behavior.

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