Politics and ethics in qualitative research 9/27/2014 8:36:00 am. Politics means everything from micropolitics of social relations to the culture and resources of research units and universities, the powers and policies of government research departments, and ultimately the hand of the central state itself. Politics influence the design implementation and outcome of the research. New researchers may imbibe that research process is smooth and unproblematic which is false. Research seems easier than it is actually, due to the fact that failure in researches do not get as much attention as successful researches. Researchers may face physical and verbal threats by the research subjects. Women on women to support women in researched wasn"t accepted by men researchers. Most of qualitative observational researches are conducted by privileged white males. Researcher personality: it determines their choice of topic, their intellectual approach, and their ability in the field. Geographic proximity: often glossed over in terms of selecting topics and field settings.