Not All Research is Public


Today I had a great interview with a senior policy advisor to a very high level Israeli politician. This person gave me a lot of really interesting insights into the decision-making processes, policy ideas, and political beliefs of this particular politician and the party to which they belong.

However, this individual has insisted that their identity and the identity of the individual whom this person advises remains undisclosed and completely anonymous.

This is not uncommon in field research, particularly when discussing sensitive political topics. It certainly can be frustrating, but maintaining strict anonymity when permission is not given to reveal one’s sources is an important part of building and retaining peoples’ trust and confidence and sits at the foundation of ethical academic research.

The material, in some way or another, will make it into my dissertation, but I cannot talk about it here. It was, however, a very productive day.

One Response to Not All Research is Public

  1. Milan says:

    There does seem to be a frequent linkage between access to good quality information and confidentiality requirements.

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