Legal frontiers – further learning

This website includes interactive, multimedia links of potential use to policy researchers and anyone interested in public advocacy – all come from my award winning Durham Law School module ‘Legal Frontiers’. You will find links to databases, information about research methods – and the tools to use them! 

I have also added some quizzes to test your knowledge!

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KEY POLICY DATABASES

List of UK Government Policies (website)

BBC Democracy Live

British Media Online

Google Scholar

Jstor

Lexis Library

Parliament.uk

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

They Work for You (Parliamentary records)

UK National Statistics Hub

Web of Science

Westlaw UK

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KEY RESOURCES

Analysing interview data (website)

Behavioural Insights Team (website)

Bryson, Social Research Methods (4th ed) resources (website)

Data Protection Act 1998

General guidelines for conducting interviews (website)

House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, ‘The centre of government’ (pdf report)

Nudge blog (website)

Qualitative Data Analysis help (website)

Random number generator (for sampling) (website)

Research Design (website)

Research Ethics Guidebook (website)

Sampling – a brief introduction (website)

Sampling error calculator (website)

SPSS – an introduction (website)

Straw Poll – create your own (website)

Surveymonkey  (website)

Using focus groups for research (website)

Web Centre for Research Methods (website)

‘Yes, Minister’ on leading questions (video)

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FURTHER READING:

INTRODUCTION

Bruce Ackerman, ‘Law in an Activist State’ (essay)

LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY

Anthony Kreis and Robert Christensen, ‘Law and Public Policy’ (essay)

Richard Lempert, ‘Empirical Research for Public Policy: With Examples from Family Law’ (essay)

Gus O’Donnell, ‘Better Government’ (essay)

ADVANCED LEGAL RESEARCH METHODS

Ivana Acocella, ‘The focus groups in social research: advantages and disadvantages’ (essay)

Beth Leech, ‘Asking Questions: Techniques for Semistructured Interviews’ (essay)

Nora Schaeffer and Stanley Presser, ‘The Science of Asking Questions’ (essay)

Daniel Farber, ‘Rethinking the Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis’ (essay)

Howland, et al, ‘Merging Content Analysis and the Policy Sciences’ (essay)

Eric Posner, ‘ Controlling Agencies with Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Positive Political Theory Perspective’ (essay)

Cass Sunstein, ‘Is Cost-Benefit Analysis for Everyone?’ (essay)

PUBLIC OPINION

Dennis Chong and James Druckman, ‘Dynamic Public Opinion’ (essay)

Stephen Coleman and Jay Blumler, ‘The Wisdom of Which Crowd?’ (essay)

Dan Kahan, et al, ‘Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus’ (essay)

Peter John, et al, ‘Nudge, Nudge, Think Think’ (essay)

Paul Whitely, ‘Why Did the Polls Get It Wrong in the 2015 General Election? Evaluating the Inquiry into Pre-Election Polls’ (essay)

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

Dan Kahan, ‘Fixing the Communications Failure’ (essay)

BBC News, ‘Miliband, Clegg and Cameron: Three speeches compared’ (website)

John Rawls, ‘The Idea of Public Reason Revisited’ (essay)

Jean Sternlight and Jennifer Robbennolt, ‘Good Lawyers Should Be Good Psychologists: Insights for Interviewing and Counselling Clients’ (essay)

‘Persuasion – Empirical Evidence’ (website)

Nicole Mayer, ‘”Think” versus “Feel” Framing Effects in Persuasion’ (essay)

John Barkai, ‘Speaking Body Language’ (essay)