Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for the Analysis of Network Governance: Promises, Problems, Pay-offs and Potentials

  • Susana Borrás
  • Hans-Peter Olsen


Mixing methods as a research strategy to improve the exploratory and explanatory capacities of analysis is gaining attention in the social sciences (Skocpol 2003; Tarrow 1995). Yet, within the area of network research, there is a sharp demarcation between studies favouring quantitative techniques and studies favouring qualitative ways of analysing network governance (Marcussen and Olsen 2006). Nonetheless, network governance research is in need of both methodological approaches.


Focus Group Individual Interview Social Network Analysis Betweenness Centrality Social Partner 
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© Susana Borrás and Hans-Peter Olsen 2007

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  • Susana Borrás
  • Hans-Peter Olsen

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