Researching the European Union: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

Stacy A. Nyikos and Mark A. Pollack

in The State of the European Union, 6

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257409
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600951 | DOI:
 Researching the European Union: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches

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Brings together resources on conducting both qualitative and quantitative research on law and politics in the EU, presenting a critical discussion of research design and methodology while at the same time offering a compendium of practical research tools. Includes research tips, such as how to gain access to EU organizations in Brussels and Luxembourg, and a list of quantitative resources, including databases such as the Eurobarometer surveys and EuroStat. After an introduction, the chapter is organized in five further sections. The second section offers some observations about the wealth of research questions that could be asked about the EU, and suggests that the nature of the question can and should guide researchers in the identification of relevant theories, the formulation of testable hypotheses, and the design of a research project. The third section reviews the availability of both qualitative and quantitative data, including both official EU sources and innovative datasets compiled by EU scholars, the fourth and fifth sections offer some ‘nuts‐and‐bolts’ advice for scholars undertaking fieldwork at the Brussels and Luxembourg headquarters of the primary EU institutions, and the last offers conclusions.

Keywords: data sources; EU law; EU organizations; EU politics; EU; methodology; research; research design; research tools

Chapter.  9175 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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