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Researching the politics of illegal activities

Gallien, Max (2021) Researching the politics of illegal activities. PS - Political Science and Politics, 54 (3). 467 - 471. ISSN 1049-0965

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1049096521000317


Although an object of increasing interest, researching illegal activities generates a range of methodological challenges for political scientists. Rather than an exhaustive discussion, this article provides a simple framework that structures these challenges. It highlights that illegality is an insufficient guide to method development and needs to be supplemented by an analysis of three dimensions in addition to legality: enforcement, normalization, and ethics. The article explains that beyond providing insight into the feasibility and challenges of different methodologies, examining these dimensions also directly points researchers to key political science questions about illegal activities.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2021 15:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 21:09

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