How to Investigate a Constitutional Culture?: the Possibilities and Challenges of the Focus Group Method for Constitutional Research

This paper aims to speak to and advance the growing interest in empirical methods of conducting constitutional research. It begins by making the case for the focus group method as a means of obtaining information on, and a better understanding of, the constitutional culture in a given system. It also argues that this information is relevant to and may inform an understanding of how constitutional law is understood, articulated and applied within that system. Drawing on experience in conducting fieldwork that uses this method, the paper also includes an analysis of the limitations of this method and the challenges that can arise in applying it in the constitutional field.