To investigate our key questions and overarching proposition, our case study research examined and has now validated the importance of three postulated “drivers” of a resilient social contract –related to the inclusiveness of political settlements, the fairness and effectiveness of institutions, and the strength of social cohesion.
A methods team (subset of the Advisory Board) supported the development of the research questions, conceptual framework and research guide for authors.
In addition to the Research Director, this team included Marie-Zoelle Zahar, Alina Rocha Menocal, Mary-Hope Schwoebel and Alexandros Lordos. case studies engaged both exploratory and explanatory research methods, through interviews, focus groups, and other ethnographic methods, led by national authors with oversight from the project’s Research Director.
Differential concerns and interests of social groups, notably women and youth, and ethnic and religious, groups were considered. While the emphasis of case study research is qualitative and context-rich, survey data was used to buttress research findings throughout. Considerable time was spent selecting indexes and indicators to support the assessment of the three drivers. Findings were validated in numerous ways – notably, through a series of scholar-policy “dialogues” and validation workshops.