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Human Research EthicsEthical Challenges and Some Solutions for Field Experiments (Papers: Scott Desposato | November 2014)

Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty Ltd (AHRECS)

Ethical Challenges and Some Solutions for Field Experiments (Papers: Scott Desposato | November 2014)

 


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Abstract
The recent controversy over a field experiment conducted in Montana during an election has many political scientists debating the ethics of interventions in “the real world”. Much of this discussion focuses on the fact that the experiment may have violated electoral law and may not have had all required IRB reviews. However, absent some technical shortcomings, the study is identical to dozens of others that have been run all over the world. The bigger questions here are whether we can ethically run experiments that could affect millions of subjects and bystanders without their consent. I discuss some of the features that distinguish political science from other fields and over some suggestions for best practices in field experiments.

Desposato, S. (2014) ‘Ethical Challenges and some Solutions for Field Experiments’. Accessed 13 April 2018
http://www.desposato.org/ethicsfieldexperiments.pdf



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