Measuring Party Patronage Through Structured Expert Interviews

Petr Kopecký and Maria Spirova

in Party Patronage and Party Government in European Democracies

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599370
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741517 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Measuring Party Patronage Through Structured Expert Interviews

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This chapter provides an overview of the research approach and data collection method used for the book. It first situates the current approach of measuring patronage among already existing ones and discusses the benefits of using structured expert interviews as a data collection method. It focuses both on the construction of the questionnaire used and on the way expert interviews were conducted. Finally, the chapter describes the data collected and the three key indicators used by each of the individual country chapters. By doing so, this chapter provides an essential backdrop for reading and interpreting the empirical evidence collected by our country teams and presented in each case study chapter.

Keywords: research method; structured expert interviews; questionnaire; country selection; indicators

Chapter.  4938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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