The grounded theory method and its uses for political science
Becker, Brittney ;  Kaufmann, Götz ;  Kaufmann, Götz

Main titleThe grounded theory method and its uses for political science
AuthorBecker, Brittney
EditorKaufmann, Götz
EditorKaufmann, Götz
No. of Pages13 S.
Series Methods of field research ; 4
KeywordsGrounded Theory; International Relations; Political Science; applicability
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
320 Political science
327 International relations
AbstractOver the past fifty years, Glaser and Strauss's grounded theory method has become an important component of social science methodology. This paper seeks to determine the uses of grounded theory methodology for the field of political science. After giving an overview of the grounded theory method, the criticisms Glaser and Strauss levelled at the field of sociology are examined and their relevance for political science are discussed. The findings show that grounded theory is able to resolve some of the problems of political science methods, such as its over-reliance on theory testing and deductive approaches to theory generation. However, when considering how one could apply grounded theory methodology to a ‘typical’ political science question on regime change, it becomes clear that the theory’s usage is very limited in some sub-fields of the discipline such as international relations. In the field of political science, therefore, grounded theory methodology is clearly not as widely applicable and useful as Glaser and Strauss proclaim.
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FU DepartmentDepartment of Political and Social Sciences
Other affiliation(s)Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Year of publication2012
Type of documentStudy thesis
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