Bloomfield in his book Dirty Gold, as I mention in this tweet: In Chapter 2, @mj_bloomfield nicely sets his theoretical framework borrowing from sociology, IR, and business-strategy scholarship pic.twitter.com/j TGF4PPymn — Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) December 24, 2017 For example, in this paper, Franks and Cleaver develop an analytical framework that includes scholarship on poverty measurement to help us understand how water governance and poverty are interrelated.
Other authors describe an analytical framework as a “conceptual framework that helps analyse particular phenomena”, as posited here, ungated version can be read here.
A robust conceptual framework describes across variables and outcomes.
In my view, theoretical frameworks set expectations, because theories are constructs that help explain relationships between variables and specific outcomes and responses.
The work starts with a formal theoretical framework because it describes your dissertation and its basic purpose or other research studies.
It should provide a good model to conduct your research, analyze its results, interpret your data, and report on relevant information.
I like how theoretical frameworks are defined in this blog post. Cyrus Samii offers an explanation of what a good theoretical framework does for students.
For example, you can use framing theory to help you explain how different actors perceive the world.
I think it’s easy to conflate analytical frameworks with theoretical and conceptual ones because of the way in which concepts, theories and ideas are harnessed to explain a phenomenon.
But I believe the most important element of an analytical framework is instrumental: their purpose is to help undertake analyses.