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Exploring interpretive methods in political science: PRX Special Collection

As interest in interpretive research methods within political science gains momentum, our Gold Open Access journal PRX presents a Special Collection aimed at exploring the significance and applicability of these methods, identifying forthcoming challenges, and paving the way to a shared research agenda. 

A shifting landscape

In the last two decades, political science has experienced a growing interest in interpretative theories, methodologies and research techniques that draw on research traditions in fields such as anthropology and sociology, and specific subdisciplines such as rhetorical studies, conceptual and intellectual history, practice theory, or discourse analysis.

The application of these approaches in the wider community of political science, however, has differed across the cultures of the respective subdisciplines, and there is a notable silence in the methodological exchange between scholars that draw on and operationalise similar methodological strategies and vocabularies.

Uniting perspectives

Political Research Exchange JournalAgainst this backdrop, our Open Access journal Political Research Exchange (PRX) has launched a Special Collection on Interpretive Research Methods. Curated by Claudia Wiesner and Kristin Anabel Eggeling, the collection brings together researchers from different political science subdisciplines that concentrate on the interpretative study of concepts, practices and actions. It aims to help establish a landscape of these approaches and their usage, highlight upcoming challenges, and build a future research agenda.

Expanding reach

There is also a pragmatic consideration behind the collection. Its Editors propose that by starting to speak to each other, scholars can avoid re-inventing the methodological wheel and begin to produce research, arguments and analytical vocabularies that speak to members of the political science community beyond those we consistently engage with.

Collection Editors
Claudia Wiesner

Vice Dean for Research and International Affairs / Jean Monnet Chair

Kristin Anabel Eggeling

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen

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Keywords: Political Methodology, Methods, Qualitative

08 November 2023
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