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Theme:
Research Committee Sessions
(RC02) Political Elites
Panel:
RC02 — Political Representation in Southern Europe and Latin America I: Southern Europe
Paper:
Methodological issues in the studies of political elites: evidence and reflections about the cases of Greece, Spain and Portugal
Abstract:
This paper will deals with the many problems researchers face when studying political elites. It will cover qualitative interviewing and surveys. The paper will address the whole research process covering from the wording of questions (in surveys or semi structured interviews) to sampling, access or the uses of internet to interview politicians. Special attention will be paid to illustrate problems with clear and real examples from different researchers carried out by the authors. Once problems have been identified, the authors will discuss the optimal solutions and their implications for research. This paper will deals with the many problems researchers face when studying political elites. It will cover qualitative interviewing and surveys. The paper will address the whole research process covering from the wording of questions (in surveys or semi structured interviews) to sampling, access or the uses of internet to interview politicians. Special attention will be paid to illustrate problems with clear and real examples from different researchers carried out by the authors. Once problems have been identified, the authors will discuss the optimal solutions and their implications for research.
Authors:
Andre Freire
Instituto universitario de Lisboa, Portugal
Ioannis Andreadis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Xavier Coller
Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain
Antonio M. Jaime
Universidad de Malaga, Spain
Sofia Serra Da Silva
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
 
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