West German Leadership

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Lehrstuhl für politische Wissenschaft, Universität Mannheim)
  • Kaltefleiter, Werner (Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, St. Augustin)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Elites and leadership
  • Abstract

    Political attitudes and occupational socialization of West German elites. Topics: Career characteristics and short presentation of occupation career; characterization of good and bad sides of the current professional position (scale); contacts with Federal Parliament committees, Federal Parliament fractions, organizations of the Federal Ministries, trade unions and other associations or special interest groups; most important sources of information; assessment of the influence of various actors on the politics of the Federal Republic; general characterization of the power structure in the Federal Republic; most important problems of the FRG; judgement on government policies as well as German domestic and foreign policy; attitude to demonstrations and the continuation of the SPD/FDP government; judgement on the political climate in the Federal Republic since change of government 1969 and supposed change of political life in the FRG in the case of a CDU/CSU government; judgement on the stability of the political system in the FRG; perceived jeopardy to political order from left-wing radical or right-wing radical forces; expected changes of society in the FRG in the coming years; judgement on the economic situation; attitude to a constitution reform; judgement on decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court and attitude to the distribution of authority between the Federal Parliament and the Federal Constitutional Court; party preference and party identification; image of the parties (semantic differential, attitude to democracy, scale); social origins; political discussions and the significance of religion in parental home; political difference of opinion with parents; party preference of parents. Demography: age; sex; religious denomination; religiousness; religious training; present and past offices held. Interviewer rating: place of interview; time of day of interview; date of interview; length of interview; number of interruptions of interview; presence of other persons; willingness to cooperate or attempts to break off by respondent; specification of difficulties during the course of the interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972-01 / 1972-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Elites in the areas: politics, management, economy, mass-media, science, military and associations through proportional representation of various function areas (positional approach).
Non-probability: Purposive
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1825
    Number of Variables: 394
Further studies were conducted in the framework of the total project. These are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1139 and 1140. Panel cases are also contained in the data. Some persons were interviewed in all 3 waves. Beyond this, position panel cases are contained. These are cases in which the successor position holder was interviewed.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0796 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • WAHLEN (Type: FDZ)
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  • Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula: Politische Einstellungsmuster in der westdeutschen Führungsschicht. Mannheim, Universität, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaften, Diss., 1977.
  • Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula; Schönbach, Klaus: Geschlossene Gesellschaft: Berufliche Mobilität und politisches Bewußtsein der Medienelite. In: Kepplinger, Hans Mathias (Hrsg.): Angepaßte Außenseiter: Was Journalisten denken und wie sie arbeiten. Freiburg: Karl Alber 1979, S. 49 -75.
  • Neumann, Helga: Zur Machtstruktur in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Melle: Verlag Ernst Knoth 1979.
  • Steinkemper, Hans Günter: Amtsträger im Grenzbereich zwischen Regierung und Verwaltung: Ein Beitrag zur Problematik der Institution des politischen Beamten in der Bundesrepublik. Frankfurt: Lang 1980.
  • Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula: Sozialliberale und konservative Vorstellungen in der FDP: Die politischen Einstellungen von FDP-Politikern und FDP-Anhängern in der westdeutschen Führungsschicht 1972. In: Albertin, Lothar (Hrsg.): Politischer Liberalismus in der Bundesrepublik. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht 1980, S. 169 -194.
  • Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula; Neumann, Helga; Steinkemper, Bärbel: Konsens und Konflikt zwischen Führungsgruppen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Frankfurt: Lang 1980.
  • Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula: Eliten als Hüter der Demokratie? In: Berg-Schlosser, Dirk; Schissler, Jakob; (Hrsg.): Politische Kultur in Deutschland. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1987, S. 378-391.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 98 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22