Even though this paper was published behind a paywall in January 2016, we have decided to include it in the AHRECS Resource Library because it offers useful advice about the ethical considerations when interviewing powerful persons, such as political figures. Clearly, such persons are not vulnerable in the most common usage of the term, but there are still significant ethical issues (such as privacy and risk) to consider. We have included links to three related items.
Kari Lancaster (2017) Confidentiality, anonymity and power relations in elite interviewing: conducting qualitative policy research in a politicised domain. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 20:1, 93-103, DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2015.1123555