ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Theorising to Explain and Triangulating to Explain Away-The Art and Non-Art of Multi-Method Policy Research

to Explain Away?
The Art and Non-Art of Multi-Method Policy Research A Damodaran Emery Roe Triangulation is a interdisciplinary social science method wherein multiple methods, databases, theories, disciplines and/or investigators are used to study the same object, event or phenomenon. This paper attempts to critically assess the method of triangulation by employing four distinct theories to decipher a complex village community event in Karnataka. What gets unravelled in the process is a central paradox at the heart of rural development practice, namely, the more particular and complex event at micro-level, the more government's respond by seeking standardised and generalised solutions, Triangulation, by meeting this imperative to recognise the general behind specific events, satisfies the requirements of policy-makers, a fulfilment which is not without its own dangers.

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