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Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally
Lessons from the European Social Survey

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June 2007 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With the expansion of the European Union and the development of supra-national governance worldwide, the importance of rigorous comparative analysis of cross-national, cross-cultural research has grown rapidly.

This volume is the first to be written by members of the international academic team involved in the groundbreaking European Social Survey (ESS) which has been designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behavior patterns of its diverse populations.

Part One looks at the background to the project and overall design considerations. Part Two offers a more detailed analysis of the contending methods, procedures used, and obstacles faced, in implementation. Part Three includes substantive chapters on some of the findings and outcomes of the ESS, including the emergence of up till now unknown national differences in values regarding immigration and perceptions of citizenship. The ESS data is then considered in comparison with that from U.S. General Social Survey and the book concludes by looking ahead to future comparative surveys and the lessons that can be learned from the ESS.

Measuring Attitudes Cross-nationally: Lessons from the European Social Survey maps the theory and practice of a uniquely innovative and rigorous multinational attitudinal social survey. It is essential reading for researchers across the social sciences that have an interest in the design, planning or interpretation of cross-national social surveys.


Roger Jowell and Max Kaase
A Measurement Model for Comparative Surveys
Rory Fitzgerald, Gillian Eva, Caroline Bryson and Ruth O'Shea
From Design to Implementation
Sabine Häder and Peter Lynn
How Representative can a Multi-Nation Survey Be?
Willem E Saris and Irmtraud Gallhofer
Can Questions Travel Successfully?
Janet A Harkness
Improving Equivalence in Translations
Ineke A L Stoop
The Impact of External Events
Jaak Billiet, Achim Koch and Michel Philippens
Understanding and Improving Response Rates
Kirstine Kolsrud, Knut Kalgraff Skjåk and Bjørn Henrichsen
Free and Immediate Access to Data
Shalom H Schwartz
Measuring Changing Value Orientations Across Nations
David Card, Christian Dustmann and Ian Preston
Understanding Attitudes to Immigration and National Exclusiveness
Kenneth Newton and José Ramón Montero
Political and Social Participation in Europe
Pippa Norris and James Davis
A Continental Divide? Social Capital in the US and Europe
Peter Mohler
What is Being Learned From the ESS?

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