Adopting Mixed-Methods for Multi-Disciplinary Legal Research: A Framework, Flexibilities and Caveats
Posted: 27 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 21, 2017
Methodology in legal research is growing in relevance, as legal research at both academic and practical levels becomes increasingly complex, involving a diversity of technical disciplines, as well as multiple and multi-cultural stakeholders. In such a scenario, the paper argues that multi-disciplinary research and the mixed research method (involving a combination of qualitative and quantitative research) is both useful and practical. The article is divided into three main sections: Section I first describes the current meaning, understanding and scope of mixed methods and multi-disciplinary research, as well as its importance and applicability to legal research. It also outlines the rationale and relevance of choosing a multi-disciplinary and mixed method research design for present day legal research, especially at doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Section II provides an overview of established frameworks of mixed methods research as described by noted scholars, and suggests a modified framework that can be used by legal researchers. Section III outlines the flexibilities inherent in the described research framework with the help of examples, while also identifying possible limitations and pitfalls that students and researchers seeking to work with this framework need to be aware of.
Keywords: Legal Research, Methodology, Multi-disciplinary Studies, Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Method
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