Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
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Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance

Edited by Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar

Democratic innovations are proliferating in politics, governance, policy, and public administration. These new processes of public participation are reimagining the relationship between citizens and institutions. This Handbook advances understanding of democratic innovations, in theory and practice, by critically reviewing their importance throughout the world. The overarching themes are a focus on citizens and their relationship to these innovations, and the resulting effects on political equality. The Handbook therefore offers a definitive overview of existing research on democratic innovations, while also setting the agenda for future research and practice.
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Chapter 33: Mixed methods research in democratic innovation

Oliver Escobar and Andrew Thompson


As an emerging field of inquiry, research into democratic innovation has tended to reproduce the methodological approaches prevalent in the disciplines it draws on. As a result, the use of mixed methods has been rather limited, despite its potential contribution to address the multidimensional lines of inquiry that typically occupy scholars of democratic innovation. This chapter offers an introduction to mixed methods research, including basic concepts and philosophical foundations, as well as an overview of key considerations about research design and analysis. It also includes examples of mixed methods research deployed to study democratic innovation, highlighting the benefits and challenges of this approach to social and political inquiry.

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