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date: 23 April 2018

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This article addresses ‘why leave the office’ questions, primarily through a discussion of exemplary works that draw on field research. The first section focuses on James Scott's Weapons of the Weak, which is a classic work of field research in comparative politics. It then turns to some recent works that explore several related topics, using a combination of surveys, participant observation, and interviews. Other field research methods, trends toward natural and field experiments, and combinations of field methods and non-field methods are also discussed. The last portion of the article concentrates on the challenges that field researcher's encounter, irrespective of the particular method they use.

Keywords: field research, James Scott, Weapons of the Weak, methods, trends, non-field methods, field methods, challenges

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