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Jonathan (Jeb) BEAGLES
Fields of study: Public Administration & Policy, Sociology; Organization Theory; Network Theory; International Non-Governmental Organizations; Nonprofit Management
Dissertation: Problem Definition, Target for Change, and the Structure of International Humanitarian Non-Governmental Organizations
Using a database of over 125 organizations, this research looks at the different organization and network structures used by Humanitarian INGOs and relates these structural characteristics to each organization’s characerization of the humanitarian problem, its theory of change, and overall strategy.
Fields of Study: Comparative Politics; International Relations
Committee: Pat Willerton (Chair), Paulette Kurzer, Bill Mishler, Jennifer Cyr
Dissertation: Electoral Competition in Hybrid Regimes: Examining Incumbent and Opposition Behavior in Post-Soviet States
This dissertation asks how electoral factors shape incumbent and opposition strategies in non-democratic post-Soviet hybrid regimes. Incumbent and regime candidates interfere in the electoral process and can attempt to suppress opposition behavior. Yet incumbents also ask for genuine voter support, while opposition parties and candidates also continue to participate in this unfair process. This dissertation seeks to understand the various strategies used by both opposition and incumbent actors given these conditions. To do this, I develop a theory that recognizes that the primary goal for any actor during an election may not always be victory. This dissertation examines these relationships in the post-Soviet region using both quantitative statistical analyses, using existing and original data, as well as four election case study comparisons. I find that while both sides pursue similar legal methods in highly contested elections, the strategies diverge in less contested elections, and in elections with high incumbent dominance. Moreover, incumbents vary their strategies of electoral interference, selecting some strategies to assure victory in contested elections, while choosing others that signal strength in elections with high incumbent dominance.
Fields of study: Public Policy; Sociology
Committee: Brint Milward (Chair), Joe Galaskiewicz, Adam Henry, Kirk Emerson
Dissertation: Power in Collaborative Networks
The research described herein focuses on understanding the effects of power on the processes and outcomes of collaborative networks. Power is conceptualized from a structural perspective, as the dependence that exists in the relationships that tie network participants together. Using the method of social network analysis, the dissertation first validates a measure of structural power in collaborative networks, betweenness centrality. It then examines the effect of uneven distributions of structural power among participants on an important variable for these networks: cohesion as measured from a behavioral perspective. This effect is examined from the perspective of two levels of analysis: the whole network level and the working group level. Results indicate that structural power has a variable effect on cohesion, depending on the level of analysis. At the whole network level, uneven distributions of power negatively affect the cohesive behavior of participants. At the working group level, on the other hand, the relationship between the variables is curvilinear. Finally, the effect of structural power on three dimensions of participant satisfaction is examined: process satisfaction, human capital satisfaction, and outcome satisfaction. The research finds that being in a power disadvantaged position affects how participants rate their satisfaction with the process of collaboration.