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The Case Study Method in Organic Research

By Peter Midmore, Susanne Padel and Markus Schermer


This paper argues that the systematic complexity of agriculture requires a methodological pluralism, and that case studies, used hitherto as an ad hoc and exploratory approach, might be developed as a rigorous and appropriate investigational tool in their own right, with particular relevance for the organic sector. It provides a review of the main outlines of the approach and illustrates its application in the context of marketing initiatives and their impact on rural development processes. It concludes that important insights into how and why policies work can be obtained from a comparative case study framework, which cannot be wholly obtained from other approaches

Topics: Policy environments and social economy, Systems research and participatory research, Markets and trade
Year: 2009
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Provided by: Organic Eprints

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