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International Social Justice Project 2006 (ISJP 2006) - Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Wegener, Bernd (Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Publication Date
  • infas, Bonn (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Political Parties, Organizations
    • Social Policy
    • Income
    • Saving, Investment of Money
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Equality and inequality
    • Specific social services: use and provision
    • Social welfare policy
    • Income, property and investment/saving
  • Abstract

    The International Social Justice Project (ISJP) is an international research project involving social scientists from twelve countries. The aim of the project is to compare attitudes to social justice and social inequality among populations. The focus of the study is on the political, economic, social and moral aspects and conditions of perceived distributive justice, and thus on the legitimation of social inequality in the societies studied. The survey was conducted in thirteen countries in 1991, in six countries in 1996, only in East and West Germany in 2000, and in six countries in 2006. The data set described here contains the data from the 2006 survey in Germany. Topics: Estimated percentage of poor people in the country; expected development of the percentage of poor people; reasons for poverty; estimated percentage of rich people in the country; expected development of the percentage of rich people; reasons for wealth; experience of injustice: experience of discrimination due to religion, sex, social background, age, region, political beliefs, race or ethnic group, too little money, appearance, or other reasons; opinion on different statements on income differences; factors that should have influence in determining the level of pay for an employee and factors that actually determine pay (education, working conditions, effort, family size, responsibility, seniority, and sex); role of government in the country (should guarantee minimum standards of living, upper limit on earnings, provision of jobs); satisfaction with the political system in the country and with different life areas (income, job, standard of living); satisfaction with life as a whole; household income; job income; evaluation of job income; income deserved from own job; estimated actual income of a chairman and a worker; evaluation of this income; income deserved from the job of a chairman and of a worker; opinion on income differences in the country; political participation; political action; election intention and party preference (Sunday question); opinion on different statements (politicians do not care, voters have a real choice, same chance of a fair trial, government does the right thing, government for benefit of all); left-right self-placement; equality of opportunities in the country; equality of opportunities: reward for effort, people get what they need, reward for intelligence and skills, concept of fairness (e.g. equal share to everyone, equal opportunities, etc.); concept of what is just and unjust; self-rating of class; self-assessment of social standing; important factors for having a high social standing in society (social background, skills and talent, hard work, connections, one’s sex, belonging to a particular racial or ethnic group, and luck); voted in last election; party voted for in last election; party identification; kind of political party (liberal-conservative scale); father had a job when the respondent was 15; reason why father was not working; job father: employment status; Berufsstellung; type of ISCO; respondent belongs to a church or religious denomination; denomination; frequency of attending church or religious services; kind of income sources; main income source; evaluation of job income; continuous unemployment benefits, social welfare, statutory pension, and student grant per month; evaluation of unemployment benefits, social welfare, statutory pension, and student grant; just unemployment benefits, social welfare, statutory pension, and student grant; welfare state: attitude towards the social welfare system in the country (scale); evaluation of various areas of government spending; general-grid-group scale: consent to general statements (redistribution of income by the government, little that people can do to change the course of their lives (fatalism), people challenge authority too often, people with money should be left to enjoy it (individualism), breaking the law, private enterprises need to be controlled, inequality, the world is getting better); attitude towards provisions for old age (public pension system should contribute to greater equality, individual responsibility, better to spend money today, higher pension for those people who earned more, should cover basic needs, makes no sense to prepare for old age (fatalism), prosperity for careers, lower pensions for wealthy people, unjust for the young generation to receive lower pensions); rating of the amount of pensions; rating of the amount of today contributions to the pensions of the elderly; demography: sensitivity to demographic change; lack of pension payers; major shortage of workers; expected tyranny of the growing elderly population; appropriate proposals for dealing with financing old age pensions (reduce statutory pensions, encourage immigration, raise retirement age, reduce pensions, support young families, increase statutory contributions); retirement measures: kinds of provisions the respondent has made for retirement; attitude towards support of relatives (like first and foremost, follow the example of the older generations, expectation of help, help the relatives who are doing worse, duty to help in return, no need to help relatives who you dislike, always when relatives are in need, due to respect); fair treatment from the police and the court; encounters with these institutions during the last 12 months (respondent or family members) and feeling of fair treatment; opinion on the legal system (justice prevails, succeeds in making justice); rating of corruption among public officials; personal qualities; member of trade union in the household; eligible to vote in last election; number of further people in household (up to seven persons); number of income recipients; justice of decisions concerning the heart operation of three patients, all suffering from a heart disease, requiring surgery (usefulness of each patient for society, hospital regulations, money, largest family, decision of families, lottery); justice of decisions concerning a small firm´s apartment to rent to three interested employees (usefulness of each employee to the firm, regulations, money, largest family, decision of employees, lottery); responsibility of families (e.g. everything for children, take parents, etc.); responsibility of state vs. family in different areas (financing support elderly, household chores, personal care, childcare, etc.); child in elementary school; likeliness of university graduation; fairness of educational system. Demography: housing; size of household; sex of respondent; age, birth month, and birth year of respondent; age of further household members (up to six persons); relation of these persons to the respondent; marital status; living together with a partner; respondent’s kind of employment; current and last job: type of organization; employment status; Berufsstellung; type of ISCO; industry branch; number of employees, supervision; number of subordinates; start of job (month, year); end of last job (month, year); unemployment; number of times of unemployment; duration of unemployment; any previous job; previous job: type of organization; employment status; Berufsstellung; type of ISCO; industry branch; number of employees, supervision; number of subordinates; start and end of previous job (month, year); respondent’s education (CASMIN); years of school education; length of vocational training (months); number of children; number of grandchildren; parents alive; grandparents alive; current vocational education; kind of vocational education; party sympathy. Partner information: employment; type of organization, employment status, Berufsstellung; occupation (type of ISCO); end of last job (month, year); education of spouse/partner (CASMIN); current vocational education; kind of vocational education. Additionally coded was: case ID; year and country (2006: Eastern Germany, 2006: Western Germany); year of survey; date of interview; length of interview; residence in summer 1989 (in the old Federal Republic, in the former GDR); Bundesland; size of community (BIK); urban/rural distinction; interviewer ID; other person present during the interview; interruption of interview; respondent´s willingness to answer; reliability; sex, age, and education of interviewer; respondent has completed the vignette questionnaire; weighting factors. Derived indices: occupational code according to ISCO (International Standard Classification of Occupations) 1968 and 1988, SIOPS (Standard International Occupational Prestige Scale) according to Treiman, MPS (Magnitude-Prestige-Scale) according to Wegener, EGP (Erikson-Goldthorpe-Portocarero-Class Categories), ISEI (International Socio-Economic Index of Occupational Status) according to Ganzeboom, CASMIN Classification (Comparative Analysis of Social Mobility in Industrial Nations).
Temporal Coverage
  • 2006-06 / 2006-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking population aged between 18 and 85 in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Stratified Sample
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 927
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5177 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2015-02-13

Wegener, Bernd (2015): International Social Justice Project 2006 (ISJP 2006) - Deutschland. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.