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Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally
Lessons from the European Social Survey

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April 2007 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Winner of the 2006 The Descartes Prize “for excellence in collaborative scientific research”

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

This book, written by members of the design and implementation team for the groundbreaking European Social Survey (ESS), reviews current best practice in the conduct of cross-national, cross-cultural quantitative research. The first eight chapters cover the background and rationale for the Survey and offer a detailed analysis of the methods and procedures used, as well as exploring ways to overcome the obstacles to successful cross-national research. The final chapter looks ahead to future comparative surveys and discusses the lessons that can be learned from the ESS.

As well as examining methodological issues, Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally includes four substantive chapters on the findings of the ESS, including the emergence of hitherto unknown national differences in values regarding immigration and perceptions of citizenship. The ESS data is also considered in comparison with that from US General Social Survey.

Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally offers a practical guide, firmly grounded in theory, for researchers across the social sciences who have an interest 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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Roger Jowell

We were very sorry to hear that Sir Roger Jowell passed away over Christmas. Roger was the Founder and Director of the National Centre for Social Research, Britain’s largest social research institute until 2001, and in 2008 was knighted for his services to the social sciences. ... More About Author

Caroline Roberts

I am an applied environmental scientist with specific interests in sustainable water resource management. Iam also the Director of the Technology Strategy Board-funded ‘Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network’ (ESKTN), based at the University of Oxford. ... More About Author

Rory Fitzgerald

Mr Rory Fitzgerald has been a Senior Research Fellow at City University London since 2004 and became Deputy Director of its Centre for Comparative Social Surveys in 2007. He plays a lead role in the design, management and overall coordination of the European Social Survey (ESS) and a senior member of its Central Coordinating Team (CCT). The ESS is a rigorous comparative survey of changing attitudes and values in and between 34 European countries. With other members of the CCT he was awarded the Descartes prize in 2005 for 'excellence in collaborative scientific research'. More About Author

Gillian Eva

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