Two traditions of social science research can be identified as ‘quantitative‘ and ‘qualitative‘ research, which are different from each other in style and technique. Supporters of these two traditions ―sometimes seem to be at war regarding the supremacy of their respective tradition in analyzing social phenomena (King, Keohane and Verba, 1994). In general, this war is quite visible in the field of social science and in public administration, which refers as federal, state and local government, as a discipline of social science. Transcending the boundaries of academia this debate has received considerable interest recently from people every corner of the society for several reasons. Any interested observer of current U.S. politics can notice these different views in the debates regarding U.S. government policies on the recent health care re-form, bail out policies of financial institutions and auto industries. In general, liberals and Democrats in Congress supported these policies and, in contrast, conservatives and Republicans in Congress opposed the new reform policies.
Islam, Khandaker Nayeemul
"Quantitative and Qualitative Research Controversy in Public Administration: An Analysis of Statistical Data Presented on United Kingdom People Category in the CIA World Factbook,"
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