Professor Lazer’s research centers on social networks; governance, or how the
patterns of institutional relations yield functional or dysfunctional systems; and
technology and its use in communication. An authority on social networks, he has written
several papers on the diffusion of information among interest groups and between these
groups and the government. He is the co-editor of Governance and Information Technology:
From Electronic Government to Information Government and also written extensively on the
use of DNA in the criminal justice system. 



The network structure of exploration and exploitation (with Allan Friedman), Computer and Information Science Faculty Publications (2007)

Whether as team members brainstorming or cultures experimenting with new technologies, problem solvers communicate and...



Is necessity the mother of innovation? The adoption and use of web technologies among Congressional offices (with Kevin M. Esterling and Michael Neblo), National Center for Digital Government Working Paper Series (2004)

From first paragraph: Communication between legislator and constituents is fundamental to effective democratic representation, and...



Friends, brokers, and transitivity: Who informs whom in Washington politics? (with Daniel P. Carpenter and Kevin M. Esterling), Journal of Politics (2004)

Why and how do groups share information in politics? Most studies of information exchange in...



Management-based regulation: prescribing private management to achieve public goals (with Cary Coglianese), Computer and Information Science Faculty Publications (2003)

We analyze a little-studied regulatory approach that we call "management-based" regulation. Management-based regulation directs regulated...


Unpublished Papers


The coevolution of networks and political attitudes (with Brian Rubineau, Carol Chetkovich, Nancy Katz, and Michael Neblo), Working Papers (2009)

How do attitudes and social affiliations co-evolve? A long stream of research has focused on...




Information and contact-making in policy networks: a model with evidence from the U.S. health policy domain (with Daniel Carpenter and Kevin Esterling), Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (1997)

Theory: The political information that lobbyists seek is distributed in a communications network. Individual lobbyists...




Bias in Social and Mainstream Media (with Yu-Ru Lin and James P. Bagrow), Working Papers (2011)

The extent of media bias determines the information available to the public and can affect...