This paper provides an overview of a form of factor analysis, Q Methodology, and suggests how it might be applied in an institutional analysis setting. Q Methodology provides for a middle ground between positivist and phenomenological methods, and that its usage will not necessarily result in overly contextualized findings that render generalization impossible. The paperʼs primary focus is to suggest several uses of Q Methodology within different established policy studies frameworks, namely the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) Framework, the Advocacy Coalition Framework (ACF), and the policy process as conceptualized by Lasswellʼs Policy Sciences approach.
Day, S. (2008), "Applications of q methodology to a variety of policy process theories and frameworks", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 141-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-11-02-2008-B001Download as .RIS
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