Let’s Talk! On the practice and method of interviewing policy experts

Jan Beyers, Caelesta Braun, David Marshall, Iskander De Bruycker

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Abstract

This article sheds light on the practice and method of expert interviewing in research projects on interest group politics. We first discuss the rationale of interviewing as a data collection instrument, arguing that a careful combination and cross-validation of behavioral and observational data improves the quality of interviews as well as provide a means to validate existing unobtrusive data sources. Moreover, this approach makes it possible to conduct a comprehensive analysis based on both behavioral and observational data sources. Subsequently, we discuss several methodological and practical issues to avoid biases associated with interviewing. One of the key observations from our experience with INTEREURO is that establishing a robust interview project on the role of interest groups in public policymaking rests largely on careful preparation. Thus, most work needs to be situated before the effective interview takes place, and our key objective is to clarify the importance of this preparatory stage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-187
Number of pages14
JournalInterest Groups & Advocacy
Volume3
Issue number2
Early online date15 May 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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  • interest groups
  • INTEREURO
  • European Union
  • expert interviews
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Let’s Talk! On the practice and method of interviewing policy experts. / Beyers, Jan; Braun, Caelesta; Marshall, David; De Bruycker, Iskander.

In: Interest Groups & Advocacy, Vol. 3, No. 2, 06.2014, p. 174-187.

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Beyers, J, Braun, C, Marshall, D & De Bruycker, I 2014, 'Let’s Talk! On the practice and method of interviewing policy experts', Interest Groups & Advocacy, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 174-187. https://doi.org/10.1057/iga.2014.11
Beyers, Jan ; Braun, Caelesta ; Marshall, David ; De Bruycker, Iskander. / Let’s Talk! On the practice and method of interviewing policy experts. In: Interest Groups & Advocacy. 2014 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 174-187.
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