|Author (Person)||Lundgren, Magnus|
|Series Title||European Union Politics|
|Series Details||Volume 19, Number 4, Pages 549-569|
|Publication Date||December 2018|
|ISSN||1465-1165 (print) | 1741-2757 (online)|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
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.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||European Council|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|