We began Chapter seven on research design with a caution about making sure that you have a research design that can answer your question. After you are done with your research you should be able to provide an account of your research such that your analysis and conclusions are credible to your audience. Because social scientists study complex social phenomena that do not fit within tidy boundaries, we either have to treat them as if they do or figure out creative ways to attend to the non-uniform dimensions of social science research while enhancing the credibility of our claims. Ways to do this include stating your question clearly (Chapter four), defining your concepts carefully (Chapter five), describing your research accurately (Chapter three — “Account of Your Research”), and defending your choices of cases to study and data to collect using justifications that enhance the transparency of your thinking (this chapter).
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