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  • Print publication year: 2010
  • Online publication date: June 2012

2 - Theoretical Framework, Research Design, and Methods


Chapter 1 has set the scene regarding the normative importance of a public sphere for the future of Europe. In this chapter, we lay out the general theoretical framework and design that informs and unites the chapters of this book into a collective body of research. Subsequent chapters are embedded in their own literatures and address specific research questions relevant to the key debates in their fields. However, such apparent pluralism does not mean that we have come to the table without a clear overall theoretical framework addressing key general research questions.