Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ostrom's new book encourages research collaboration across specialties

May 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Advances in social sciences research methods have led to debates over which specific method is best suited for particular projects, and have also caused researchers to become isolated.

The new book Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice, published by the Princeton University Press, examines the advantages that can be gained from drawing on several different research methods and the challenges of a multi-methods approach.
Working Together

Co-author and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences, explains that right now in the social sciences there is a "'my method is better than yours, my discipline is better than yours' mentality, which is destructive."

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