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Multiplexity of Political Conspiracy: Illegal Networks and the Collapse of Watergate

NCJ Number
Global Crime Volume: 14 Issue: 2-3 Dated: May - August 2013 Pages: 197-215
Robert R. Faulkner; Eric R. Cheney
Date Published
May 2013
19 pages
This study reviewed the Watergate scandal to research the multiplexity of political conspiracy.
Using historical data from the United States' Watergate criminal conspiracy case, the authors construct five sociomatrices representing the multiplex social relations of political conspiracy. Sociomatrices representing (1) the social relations of the illegal relations among the conspirators, (2) fractious relations between the conspirators during the working period of the conspiracy, (3) fractious relations between the conspirators during the crisis stage of the conspiracy, (4) the flow of money among the conspirators and (5) the relations of which specific conspirators testified against specific other co-conspirators. The quadratic assignment procedure (QAP analysis) is used to determine the extent to which these five sociomatrices are inter-related. QAP analysis shows that the structure of the five sociomatrices are related to each other, implying that political conspiracies are composed of multiplex relations of working acts of deviance, relations of dyadic fractiousness, conduits of illegal financing and the betrayal of co-conspirators through finger pointing at trial. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.