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The Fieldwork of Quantitative Data Collection

Francesca Refsum Jensenius,  Norwegian Institute of International Affairs For many political scientists, fieldwork means conducting focus groups in villages, attending campaign rallies, or interviewing political elites in government offices. When I present the mainly quantitative […]

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Data Collection, Opportunity Costs, and Problem Solving: Lessons from Field Research on Teachers’ Unions in Latin America

Christopher Chambers-Ju As I prepared to leave Mexico, my efforts to access an important dataset for my dissertation became increasingly desperate. A newspaper article mentioned that the Mexican teachers’ union endorsed nearly 2,000 political candidates […]

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Navigating Fieldwork as an Outsider: Observations from Interviewing Police Officers in China

Suzanne E. Scoggins, University of California, Berkeley Understanding how foreign governments operate is a cornerstone of political science fieldwork, but gaining access to representatives of the security state is difficult, particularly for foreign researchers. Scholars seeking […]