Taking centre stage: decoding status hierarchies from group photos of European leaders

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Series Details Volume 19, Number 4, Pages 549-569
Publication Date December 2018
ISSN 1465-1165 (print) | 1741-2757 (online)
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I investigate whether group photos of international leaders can provide useful data on interstate status perceptions. I formulate a spatial model of social hierarchy and evaluate it against newly gathered data on the placement of leaders in 121 European Council group photos between 1975 and 2015. I find support for determinants of placement at the international, institutional, and individual levels.

The results suggest that: (a) group photos provide a previously untapped source of data on international status; (b) data derived from group photos can supplement existing status proxies based on material capabilities or diplomatic connectivity; (c) group pictures can be particularly useful for discerning status hierarchies among sets of relatively homogenous countries, such as those of the European Union.

Source Link https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116518785057
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