methods in context - official statistics


methods in context - official statistics


  • positivists favour as it is a form of quantitative data
  • it is objective, making it reliable and unbiased
  • allows comparison and analysis
  • cheap and easily accessabile
  • representative (based on a large sample size)
  • publicly available resulting in no ethical issues of consent


  • data can be unreliable - produced by state - may have been errors
  • interpretisists claim they are invalid
  • marxists argue that it shows the mc in a more favourable light as they are published by a mc government
  • some statistics can be easily manipulated


Official statistics are useful for evaluating social policies however, they can be manipulated by the mc government to show a sugarcoated version of the actual situation


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