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Advanced Introduction to Empirical Legal Research

Herbert M. Kritzer

Herbert Kritzer presents a clear introduction to the history, methods and substance of empirical legal research (ELR). Quantitative methods dominate in empirical legal research, but an important segment of the field draws on qualitative methods, such as semi-structured interviews and observation. In this book both methodologies are explored alongside systematic data analysis. Offering an overview of the broad ELR literature, the institutions of the law, the central actors of the law, and the subjects of the law are each addressed in this highly readable account that will be essential reading for legal researchers.


HB: 9781839101045
PB: 9781839101069
EISBN: 9781839101052


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Acclaim for Advanced Introduction to Empirical Legal Research:

‘In a deceptively concise format Kritzer has provided us with a thoughtful, wide ranging and pleasingly international perspective on the development, methods, and achievements of Empirical Legal Research. This Advanced introduction, provided by a pre-eminent exponent, is indispensable for newcomers seeking an understanding of the history and practice of ELR. For those already engaged in the field it offers an insightful, contemporary overview of the contribution of empirical legal research to our understanding of law’s institutions, people and subjects. Kritzer is to be congratulated on delivering so much in so few words.’

– Dame Hazel Genn, University College London, UK