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Centre-Periphery Structures in Europe [1880-1978]: An International Social Science Council (ISSC) Workbook in Comparative Analysis

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Dataset : aggregate data
  • Rokkan, Stein, et al.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
administrative divisions; agriculture; cultural perceptions; demographic characteristics; economic conditions; education; employment; health; health care facilities; household composition; households; income; industry; instructional materials; quality of life; religion
  • Abstract

    This study presents economic, cultural, electoral, and administrative variables from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries on four European countries: Britain, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland. In particular, this study focuses on the relationships between military-administrative, economic, and cultural "centers" within a nation-state and its surrounding hinterlands. The four countries selected illustrate very different types of territorial structure from the federal, multi-centered model to the unitary, single-centered model. In physical size, they represent both large and small political entities. This study contains extensive information for all four countries in such areas as geography, demography, urban settlement patterns, occupational structures, education, income, industrial and agricultural production, health and household conditions, cultural and religious traits, and political beliefs.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Britain
    • DS2: Germany
    • DS3: Norway
    • DS4: Switzerland
Temporal Coverage
  • 1880 / 1978
    Time period: 1880--1978
Geographic Coverage
  • Europe
  • Germany
  • Global
  • Great Britain
  • Norway
  • Switzerland
Collection Mode
  • The dataset was constructed at the request of the Standing Committee on Comparative Research of the International Social Science Council to serve as a teaching tool on research methodology in the social sciences. Its purpose is to introduce students to international comparative studies by offering them the opportunity to investigate the structures of territories in modern Western Europe. The separate country level files in this study vary in the unit of analysis: KREISE for the Federal Republic of Germany, CONSTITUENCIES for the United Kingdom, communes within counties (FYLKE) in Norway, and CANTONS in Switzerland. These units were chosen explicitly to allow the student to grapple with the problems of choosing a level of aggregation in comparative analyses. The workbook was developed and tested under the auspices of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and by UNESCO. Texts and data are made available as a joint venture of ICPSR, the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (Bergen), the Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University (Halifax), and the Zentralarchiv fur empirische Sozialforschung der Universitat zu Koln (Cologne). Instructional data and workbooks examining other areas of comparative research in the social sciences have been sponsored by the ISSC and UNESCO. These include: POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8350), SOCIAL MOBILITY, [1973-1976]: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8682), and TIME BUDGET RESEARCH: AN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE COUNCIL (ISSC) WORKBOOK IN COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS (ICPSR 8542). Copies of these codebooks may be ordered directly from the publisher: Campus Verlag, Myliusstrasse 15, 6000 Frankfurt 1, Federal Republic of Germany.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7571 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07571.v1
  • Rokkan, Stein, et al. Centre-Periphery Structures in Europe: An ISSC Workbook in Comparative Analysis. New York: Campus Verlag. 1987.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Rokkan, Stein, et al. (1988): Centre-Periphery Structures in Europe [1880-1978]: An International Social Science Council (ISSC) Workbook in Comparative Analysis. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.