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Edited by Nicolina Montesano Montessori, Michael Farrelly and Jane Mulderrig

This book provides a series of contemporary and international policy case studies analysed through discursive methodological approaches in the traditions of critical discourse analysis, social semiotics and discourse theory. This is the first volume that connects this discursive methodology systematically to the field of critical policy analysis and will therefore be an essential book for researchers who wish to include a discursive analysis in their critical policy research.
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John Spriggs, Barbara Chambers and Carole Kayrooz

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John Spriggs, Barbara Chambers and Carole Kayrooz

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John Spriggs, Barbara Chambers and Carole Kayrooz

The new millennium has witnessed profound changes to the way donor countries are approaching international development – with the emphasis now on collaborative, people-centred development. This timely book explores how research and research culture need to adapt to mesh with this new reality.
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Kenneth Cafferkey

This chapter addresses some of the practical implications involved in conducting case study research including finding a suitable research question, negotiating access, and gaining participation. The chapter also delves into the less spoken of area of interference in the research while finishing with a discussion on the project management aspect of case research to ensure the research is kept on track. Each section provides a ‘lessons learned’ section providing practical advice for case researchers.

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Sameer Qaiyum and Catherine L. Wang

Quantitative research requires considerable insights into theory, methods and reality. This chapter illustrates how a doctoral project using quantitative methods unfolds, from designing research taking into account complex relationships and selecting data collection techniques to optimise reliability, validity and generalisability, to using sophisticated software for data analysis and testing hypotheses.

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Kate L. Daunt and Aoife M. McDermott

Writing for publication is an essential part of a successful research career, yet the practicalities of managing authorship decisions and relationships can be tricky. This chapter aims to shed light on this little-discussed topic and draws on formal guidelines and anecdotal evidence to outline a number of different approaches to authorship choices and arrangements. In doing so, the themes of expectations, obligations, accountability and integrity are considered (as well as the benefits of having a surname beginning with the letter A!)

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Qian Yi Lee

Data collection, internal politics, power, timing. This chapter tells the experience of arriving to interview a senior manager who also brought a subordinate to the interview. All previous interviews in the project were one-to-one interviews, not one-to-two, particularly not with such a display of internal politics and power differentials.

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Mark N.K. Saunders

In this vignette I consider the trial drafting and re-drafting of an academic article prior to publication. In it I reveal the process that a colleague and I, even though we are seasoned academics, needed to engage in to ensure that our work meets the standards required by academic journals.

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Mark N.K. Saunders and David E. Gray

While the issue of gaining access to survey respondents is often considered in the research methods literature, the focus is usually on gaining cognitive access within a single organisation. In this chapter, based on our own experiences of conducting a UK national survey, we focus on difficulties associated with gaining physical access to respondents holding a particular role in a large number of organisations. Based on the challenges we eventually overcame, we make a number of key recommendations for researchers.