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The European Elite Panel Study (1965, Germany)

Resource Type
  • Lerner, Daniel (M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Institut für International Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer International Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of German elites to loss of national power after the war and judgement on current international political events. Topics: Judgement on the current situation of international relations and the development of East-West relations; desired position of the FRG in the western alliance; preferred manner of action on arms control and control of peaceful use of atomic energy; assessment of the development in the communist world as well as the Soviet-Chinese conflict; attitude to the EEC; primary tasks and most significant previous successes of the EEC; preference for economic or political integration of Europe; judgement on membership of England in the EEC; questions on military security and NATO; judgement on the threat from the East and the effect of deterrence; preferred weapon system and desired organizational structure of western defense or nuclear force; judgement on the current role of America; expected changes under the Johnson government; judgement on current currency problems; most important problems of the FRG; attitude to foreign aid; judgement on long-term development of individual countries; judgement on the chances of reunification; attitude to the nation-state; media usage and information conduct; contacts with members of parliament and members of associations; memberships; offices held; self-assessment of political orientation; party preference; social origins. Demography: age (classified); regional origins; present and past offices held; significance of these offices; occupation; school education; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; military service; type of employer; professional position; religiousness; occupation and school education of wife; regional origins; social origins; party preference; party membership. Interviewer rating: date of interview; length of interview; completeness of interview; interview surroundings; manner of conduct of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1965-02 / 1965-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Male elites in the FRG
Identification of persons from earlier investigations according to reputation and position; organized regionally and functionally;
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 365
    Number of Variables: 322
A split questionnaire was used. With a part of the respondents the complex of questions on military security or the EEC was skipped. The study is part of a longitudinal investigation which also contains some panel interviews. The study is at the same time part of an international comparative investigation (see ZA Study No. 0001 and 0002).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0003 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Lerner, Daniel; Gordon, Morton: Euratlantica: Changing Perspectives of the European Elites. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press 1969

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 70 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Lerner, Daniel; Institut für International Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln (1966): The European Elite Panel Study (1965, Germany). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.