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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.
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Part I: Introducing Empirical Legal Research

Herbert M. Kritzer

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Part I provides an introduction to the book. This includes defining the scope of empirical legal research in the brief Chapter 1. Chapter 2 traces the history of empirical legal research. That history is periodized based in part on technological developments that facilitated empirical social science. Those periods include pre-World War II, post-War through to 1960, the 1960s, and post-1970.

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