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International Typographical Union Study (Union Democracy)

Resource Type
  • Lipset, Seymour Martin (Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University, New York)
Publication Date
  • Bureau of Applied Social Research, Columbia University, New York (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Parties, Organizations
  • Abstract

    Judgement on democratic organization and balance of power in an American printing union. Topics: 1. Assessment of personal influence on trade union policies; assumed power interests of trade union functionaries and assumed differences between trade union leaders and politicians; knowledge about trade union organization structure and amount of expense allowances of trade union leaders; party preference and personal election participation in various elections; personal activities to support election candidates; political discussions; personal interest in accepting functions in the trade union. 2. In a written follow-up interview the following was determined: participation in the last internal trade union election; political interest and political activities during the time of the election campaign; most important controversy during the last election campaign; behavior at the polls in various trade union elections and political elections. Indices: political participation; political interest; social relation with colleagues; conservatism; conformity with trade union norms; political atmosphere in trade union; participation in meetings; ideological orientation; circle of friends. Also encoded was: date of postmark; remarks of respondent on questionnaire. Demography: self-assessment of social class; marital status; school education; age; number of children; social origins; regional origins; religiousness; religious denomination; city size.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1951-12 / 1952-06
Geographic Coverage
  • New York (US-NY)
Sampled Universe
Active members of the New York Typographical Union Number Six.
Two-stage random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire in the 1st wave, written survey in the second wave.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 500
The current data set of the panel survey contains the data of the 1st wave with 500 respondents enhanced by the data of the 369 respondents in the 2nd wave.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0092 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Lipset, Seymour Martin; Trow, Martin A.; Coleman, James S.: Union Democracy. Garden City, N. Y.: Anchor Books 1962

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 80 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Lipset, Seymour Martin (1966): International Typographical Union Study (Union Democracy). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.