n Journal of Public Administration - Foundational considerations in selecting a research topic and writing a thesis or dissertation proposal

Volume 42, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The aim of this article is to acquaint the reader with the process of selecting a research topic and developing a research proposal. Careful planning is important prior to embarking on a research project such as a dissertation or thesis. The first step of this planning process is to select a well-focused research topic. The second step involves the development of a research proposal. This article focuses on how a researcher should approach the topic selection process, as well as the steps in writing the research proposal.

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