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Focus groups as ethnography: the case of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff

Focus groups as ethnography: the case of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff
Focus groups as ethnography: the case of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff
The purpose of this paper is to outline the current state of political and administrative ethnography in political science and public administration before suggesting that focus groups are a useful tool in the study of governing elites. They provide an alternative way of “being there” when the rules about secrecy and access prevent participant observation. Briefly, it describes the job of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff before explaining the research design, the preparations for the focus group sessions, and the strategies used to manage the dynamics of a diverse group that included former political enemies and factional rivals
2046-6749
208-22
Rhodes, R.A.W.
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Tiernan, Anne
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Rhodes, R.A.W.
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Tiernan, Anne
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Rhodes, R.A.W. and Tiernan, Anne (2015) Focus groups as ethnography: the case of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 4 (2), 208-22, [4 (2)]. (doi:10.1108/JOE-06-2014-0015).

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The purpose of this paper is to outline the current state of political and administrative ethnography in political science and public administration before suggesting that focus groups are a useful tool in the study of governing elites. They provide an alternative way of “being there” when the rules about secrecy and access prevent participant observation. Briefly, it describes the job of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff before explaining the research design, the preparations for the focus group sessions, and the strategies used to manage the dynamics of a diverse group that included former political enemies and factional rivals

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Accepted/In Press date: 2015
Published date: 2015
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 374308
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374308
ISSN: 2046-6749
PURE UUID: c0fb8b33-eca5-42f2-8c75-2ba94b8b7b9c
ORCID for R.A.W. Rhodes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1886-2392

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Date deposited: 13 Feb 2015 09:44
Last modified: 21 Nov 2021 03:06

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Author: R.A.W. Rhodes ORCID iD
Author: Anne Tiernan

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