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The European Elite Panel Study (1961, Germany)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Lerner, Daniel (M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Mayntz, Renate (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsinstitut fuer Soziologie, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln DIVO, Frankfurt (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • International politics and organisation
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Elites and leadership
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of German elites to loss of national power after the war and judgement on current international political events. Topics: Judgement on the conflict between the EEC and EFTA; attitude to the European Community; attitude to a military, political and economic unification of Europe as well as assessment of the long-term development; judgement on international relations; attitude to NATO, nuclear armament and detailed questions of equipment of the Federal German Armed Forces or NATO; assessment of the military leadership power, the development of the cold war, the East-West relation and the probability of a new world war; attitude to disarmament and deterrence; judgement on the Suez conflict, the U2 conflict, the Berlin situation and the chances of reunification; expectations of the Kennedy government; role of America; judgement on economic systems as well as the UN; attitude to foreign aid and the nation-state; contacts with foreign countries and stays abroad; conduct in a communist West Germany. Also encoded were: date of interview and identification of interviewer. Demography: regional origins; age (classified); occupation; religious denomination; place of residence; party preference and party membership. Interviewer rating: interview surroundings.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1961-01 / 1961-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Members of male elites of the economy and public life
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample according to the position and reputation technique.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 108
The study is part of a longitudinal investigation and part of an international comparative study (see ZA Study No. 0001 and 0003).
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0002 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Lerner, Daniel; Gordon, Morton: Euratlantica: Changing Perspectives of the European Elites. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press 1969

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 92 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Lerner, Daniel; Mayntz, Renate (1961): The European Elite Panel Study (1961, Germany). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.