Mesolevel Networks and the Diffusion of Social Movements: The Case of the Swedish Social Democratic Party1

  title={Mesolevel Networks and the Diffusion of Social Movements: The Case of the Swedish Social Democratic Party1},
  author={Peter Hedstr{\"o}m and Rickard Sandell and Charlotta Stern},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={145 - 172}
In analyzing the spatial diffusion of the Swedish Social Democratic Party, this article introduces the notion of a mesolevel network. A mesolevel network is a social network that differs in three important respects from interpersonal microlevel networks directly linking prior and potential adopters of a practice to one another: (1) it is generated by a different causal process than the microlevel network; (2) it tends to be much sparser than the microlevel network; and (3) the typical edge of a… 

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