Watching Politicians: Essays on Participant Observation


In this brilliant case study, Fenno, America's leading practitioner of participant observation, reflects on how the press and political scientists reacted when George Bush chose Dan Quayle to be his vice president–and on his personal dilemma as a scholar with a wealth of information about a little known, much criticized nominee. Fenno draws on his unique experience to explain the enduring ethical, tactical, and methodological problems involved in studying politicians.

Richard F. Fenno, Jr.
Publication date: 
January 1, 1990
Publication type: 
American Politics & Government