Methodological approaches for interviewing elites
Harvey, William S.
This paper explores some of the methodological strategies for interviewing elites. The focus is on researching elite members, preparing for interviews and gaining access, as well as the associated power relationships. Examples are drawn from across the social sciences and from the author’s doctoral and postdoctoral work with over one hundred members of business elites. It is argued that researchers should be more attentive towards the following three areas. First, providing flexi- bility when designing research projects and conducting interviews. Second, ensuring transparency when communicating with elite members. Third, maintaining good etiquette with all participants to ensure the highest professional standards. The overall aim of the paper is to provide an introduction for those who are new to the field of interviewing elite subjects.
This is the accepted version of the following article: Methodological Approaches for Interviewing Elites, Geography Compass, Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 193–205, March 2010 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2009.00313.x/abstract
Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 193 - 205