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The Way One Sees Oneself and Political Consciousness of Jurists

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Riegel, Manfred (Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Mannheim)
  • Werle, Raymund (Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Mannheim)
  • Wildenmann, Rudolf (Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Sozialwissenschaften, Universitaet Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • INFRATEST, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Law, crime and legal systems
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    The way one sees oneself and political consciousness of jurists in the FRG. Topics: year of start of profession; duration and type of current professional position; description of types of activity as well as field of activity; classification of weekly number of working hours in court and at home; description of career course; judgement on prestige of judges; assessment of their function regarding state and society; professional image and the way one sees oneself as judge; aspects of judicial independence; dependence of administration of justice; support by political authorities or media; bureaucratization of the judiciary and complexity of law; judgement on the promotion process and the most important promotion factors; judgement on various internals of judiciary organization; mutual consultation with colleagues; problems of judicial decision; attitude to problems of judiciary reform; judgement on the position of the Federal Constitutional Court; attitude to the political structure of institutions and to problems of domestic as well as foreign policy; attitude to opposition, the party system and the political system of the FRG in general; party preference and membership; attitude to statements on economic policy and actions by jurists; media usage; social surroundings and social origins; financial circumstances and residential status; court size; job satisfaction. Demography: age; sex; marital status; year of marriage; number of children; characteristics of spouse; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; income; household income; assets; party membership; social origins; city size; refugee status; memberships; doctorate. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate; presence of other persons during interview; reliability of respondent; length of interview; sex of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972-03 / 1972-10
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Judges of the legal jurisdiction of the federal government and the states as well as of lawyers and administrative jurists.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample The 792 selected judges for life were comprised of: 1. a census among the judges of the Higher Federal Court and the presidents of the superior courts, 2. a 20-percent random sample among the judges for life (without presidents and delegated judges) at the superior courts as well as 3. a 10-percent random sample among the judges (including those delegated to higher courts), at state and district courts. According to the quota procedure 105 judges for a probationary period at the district and state courts were selected. The sample of a so-called ´control group´ consisting of 132 lawyers and 159 administrative jurists was conducted according to a random procedure.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1323
    Number of Variables: 613
For each of the individual survey groups (judges, lawyers and administrative jurists) slightly modified questionnaires were used, having however a high measure of agreement and permitting an integrated data set. The survey of the judges of the legal jurisdiction of the states was conducted by INFRATEST. The Mannheim Elite Studies archived under the ZA Study Nos. 0796 and 1138 have some connection with this investigation.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1202 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Institut für Sozialwissenschaften der Universität Mannheim (Hrsg.): Selbstverständnis und politisches Bewußtsein der Juristen, insbesondere der Richterschaft der Bundesrepublik: Tabellarische Übersicht der Ergebnisse einer Umfrage aus dem Jahre 1972. Mannheim: Selbstverlag 1974.
  • Werle, Raymund: Justizorganisation und Selbstverständnis der Richter: Eine empirische Untersuchung. Kronenberg /Ts.: Athenäum 1977.
  • Werle, Raymund: Die Unabhängigkeit der Richter aus der Sicht der Richter. In: Blankenburg, Erhard (Hrsg.): Empirische Rechtssoziologie. München: Piper 1975. S. 146 - 172.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Riegel, Manfred; Werle, Raymund; Wildenmann, Rudolf (1972): Selbstverständnis und politisches Bewußtsein der Juristen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.