Review: Alexander Bogner, Beate Littig & Wolfgang Menz (Eds.) (2002). Das Experteninterview. Theorie, Methode, Anwendung [The Expert Interview: Theory, Method and Application]
The collection of essays "The Expert Interview: Theory, Method and Application," by Alexander BOGNER, Beate LITTIG and Wolfgang MENZ, gives a critical overview of reflections on the methodological basics, the specific methods and the practical applications of the expert interview. Accordingly the collection is divided into three parts: the first part deals with theoretical concepts of the expert interview, the second part discusses the techniques and strategies of interactions that take place in such an interview, and the third part gives practical examples. Students, researchers and others with an interest in this approach will find the collection highly informative, for instance in allowing them to estimate the opportunities and risks associated with the method. Additionally, the essays of the collection suggest fruitful solutions to some problems of the method-methodology debate around the expert interview, as well as supporting a discussion about the problem of the rise of the so-called "expertocracy.
theory and practice of the expert interview; methodology; expertocracy; knowledge society