The European Elite Panel Study (1956, Germany)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Lerner, Daniel (M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Forschungsinstitut für Sozial- und Verwaltungswissenschaften, Universität zu Köln
Publication Date
  • Forschungsinstitut fuer Sozial- und Verwaltungswissenschaften, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Elites and leadership
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of German elites to loss of national power after the war and judgement on current international political events. Topics: Attitude to development and control of nuclear weapons and nuclear power; judgement on East-West relations and international relations; perceived leadership power in world politics; attitude to the relationship of the FRG to the western alliance; attitude to rearmament, NATO and a European defense community; judgement on military security; assessment of long-term political and economic developments; attitude to European unification (EEC) and the European Coal and Steel Community; assessment of the development of the UN; attitude to reunification of Germany; self-image of the Germans and stereotype concepts of selected nations; attitude to modern art; knowledge of a German sociologist; father´s political activity and personal political involvement before 1933; party membership; occupation of father and grandfathers; self-assessment of social class; religiousness; media usage; membership in clubs and organizations; offices held; circle of friends. Demography: sex; age (classified); regional origins; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; religious training; school education; state. Interviewer rating: sincerity and willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; city size; termination of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1956-03 / 1956-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Members of male elites of the economy and public life
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample by means of the position and reputation technique.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 573
The study is part of a longitudinal investigation and part of an international comparative study (see ZA Study No. 0002 and 0003).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0001 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Lerner, Daniel; Gordon, Morton: Euratlantica: Changing Perspectives of the European Elites. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press 1969

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 124 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21