n Journal of Public Administration - Problematic aspects of the research, design and measurement process in Public Administration research : conceptual considerations

Volume 41, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The aim of this article is to introduce the reader to the concepts and process of a social research and to provide the foundational information that is necessary for understanding the research process and social research methods. As a starting point and basis to the rest of this issue, this article provides background information in order to connote the interrelationships between the purpose, concepts, methods, design and process of a social research. This is followed by a conceptual background of the problematic aspects of the research design and measurement process in Public Administration research. Included in this article is also information on the development of hypotheses, variable and unit of analysis, control variables, and internal and external validity.

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