Legal Services for the Poor: A Comparative and Contemporary Analysis of Interorganizational Politics

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APPENDIX A
METHODOLOGY

This appendix describes the history and methodology of the research upon which this book is based. It discusses the research design chosen, criteria employed in selecting research sites, methods of data collection, and techniques used for data analysis. Subsequent to this discussion, some of the major research instruments employed in this study are reproduced.


RESEARCH DESIGN

In developing this study, a design was sought that balanced the need for reliable, in-depth information on the operations of legal services programs with the desire to identify variables which explain variations in activity. Given the lack of hard empirical information regarding legal services programs, an intensive investigation of a few programs promised to be the most productive method by which to describe activities accurately and develop a model. Therefore, a comparative case study design was chosen, examining five programs of varying size located in settings that differed in several ways.

The comparative case study design seemed appropriate for this study because it possesses many of the advantages of the intensive single-case study and of more extensive comparative designs, such as those employed in survey research. Specifically, it allows for detailed examination of individual cases, an advantage in exploratory research of this kind that seeks to describe and explain complex

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figure and Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • Notes 12
  • 2 - Toward a Theory of Legal Activity 17
  • Notes 29
  • 3 - The Operating Environment of Legal Services Programs 33
  • Notes 43
  • 4 - Suburban Legal Services: Constraints on Poverty Lawyers 45
  • Notes 62
  • 5 - Metro City Legal Services: Freedom to Pursue Law Reform 63
  • Notes 85
  • 6 - The Lawyers 87
  • Notes 104
  • 7 - The Organizational Context 107
  • Notes 122
  • 8 - The Interorganizational Politics of Legal Activity 125
  • Notes 138
  • 9 - Legal Services and Equal Justice 141
  • Notes 149
  • Appendix a Methodology 151
  • Notes 157
  • Appendix B Research Instruments 159
  • Bibliography 171
  • Index 179
  • About the Author 185
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