Qualitative Methods and the Study of Authoritarian Regimes

53 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2015

Date Written: April 6, 2015

Abstract

Documents from the archives of America's Cold War antagonists are becoming increasingly available, but the project of using those materials to understand the nature of power within those states has only just begun. This paper proposes that a scientific realist understanding approach to questions like contingency, generalizability, and falsifiability provides the most appropriate methodological grounding for future research.

Keywords: qualitative methods, authoritarian regimes

Suggested Citation

Torigian, Joseph, Qualitative Methods and the Study of Authoritarian Regimes (April 6, 2015). MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2015-3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2590379 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2590379

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