Interviewing the political elite: navigating a potential minefield

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Authors: Lilleker, D.

Journal: Politics

Volume: 23

Pages: 207-214

ISSN: 0263-3957

DOI: 10.1111/1467-9256.00198

Conducting interviews can be a fundamentally important part of a research project that analyses the motivations and activity of those within the political process. However the logistics of interviewing are fraught with a number of serious obstacles and what information one can glean may not always serve the purpose that was originally intended. This article offers some observations gathered from conducting interviews with a wide range of political actors which is intended to help prepare all those considering interviewing for the first time.

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