Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

  • Olga PetintsevaEmail author
  • Rita Faria
  • Yarin Eski


In this chapter, we try to help the reader find the necessary balance between openness and preparedness. Therefore, we offer practical tips for constructing interview protocols and topic lists as well as probing. Moreover, in interviewing the powerful, the interviewer is expected to be up to date and acquainted with different institutional, national or local realities, different practices and jargon. Hence, in addition to preparation for the interviews in terms of constructing topic lists, this chapter sheds light on exploring the setting.


Research setting Topic list Interview protocol Probing Elicitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social LawGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Law, School of CriminologyUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationVU University AmsterdamAmsterdam, North HollandThe Netherlands

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