Arranging and conducting elite interviews: practical considerations

Huggins, Christopher (2014) Arranging and conducting elite interviews: practical considerations. Sage Research Methods.

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Elite interviewing is an established research method in the social sciences. It offers researchers a number of advantages, particularly when the motivations and perceptions of participants are the subject of inquiry. I used elite interviews in my research on local government transnational networking. While I was confident this approach was well suited to the aims of my study, I remained uncertain about the practicalities involved in arranging and conducting interviews, and I was afraid that such practical aspects would have a detrimental impact on the reliability of my results. This case outlines the practical issues I faced when arranging and conducting interviews. This highlights the importance of these practical considerations in the success of elite interviews, in addition to its methodological suitability to a study.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government, elites, interviews
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Christopher Huggins
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 08:55

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