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Arms Control and Disarmament Attitudes (Germany)

Resource Type
  • Deutsch, Karl W. (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.)
  • Edinger, Lewis J. (Yale University, New Haven, Conn.)
Publication Date
  • Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • Abstract

    Attitude of German elites to arms control, disarmament, future policies of the country and European integration. Topics: 1. Questions of domestic policy: judgement on the political development in the next few years; perceived influence of special interest groups on politics; primary differences of the most important parties; attitude to the form of the constitution of the Federal Republic; judgement on the current significance of National Socialism in the FRG. 2. Foreign policy questions: attitude to German foreign policy and neutralizing Europe; judgement on the German-American relationship; expected changes in the status of Berlin; assessment of the chances of reunification and the development of relations with the East; attitude to a reduction in sovereignty for the benefit of international mergers; attitude to European integration. 3. Security policy questions: assessment of the reliability of NATO and the current military threat from the East; judgement on deterrence and the arms costs related to this; attitude to arms controls and the East-West treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons experiments; assumed impairment of security with arms limitations agreements; attitude to nuclear armament of NATO and the distribution of the right to vote of the members. Demography: sex; religious denomination; self-assessment of social class; school education; vocational training; occupation. Also encoded were information from file analyses and a very extensive Interviewer rating: authority, extent to which informed and possibilities to influence of respondent in the individual areas addressed; personality of respondent; belonging to national and international organizations; memberships; participation in military service; academic degree; size of city of origin and current size of place of residence; biographic data and occupational career; party affiliation and party status since before 1933; political activity before the war; identification of interviewer; length of interview; interview surroundings; interruptions of the interview; attitude to interview and interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1964
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Elites from the areas politics, military, mass-media and intellectual area, administration, economy as well as ´other occupational groups´.
Representative sample by means of the reputation and position technique
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire and file analysis
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 173
The study is part of an international comparative investigation also conducted in France. The French data are archived with the ICPSR (Study 7274).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0085 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Deutsch, Karl W.: Arms Control and the Atlantic Alliance: Europe Faces Coming Policy Decisions. New York: Wiley 1967
  • Deutsch, Karl W.; Edinger, Lewis J.; Macridis, Roy; Merrit, Richard L.: France, Germany and the Western Alliance. New York: Scribner 1967

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 79 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Deutsch, Karl W.; Edinger, Lewis J. (1966): Arms Control and Disarmament Attitudes (Germany). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.