Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mihnea C. Moldoveanu and Joel A. C. Baum: Epinets: The Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks

BOTHNER Matthew S., PIEZUNKA Henning
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Administrative Science Quarterly (forthcoming)

Epinets is a demanding and brilliant book. It demands and deserves from its audience a very close read. Its theoretical logic builds “line upon line, precept upon precept,” and so this is not a book to be blithely perused. It also demands much of itself. Moldoveanu and Baum not only engage in an act of intellectual brokerage between epistemic game theory (and related fields) and network analysis to introduce what they refer to as epinets (networks of agents’ beliefs); they also seek—staying with Burt’s (2005) theory—to “seed and catalyze closure” (p. 162) among diverse researchers committed to the epistemic turn in social science that they propose.