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Survey of City Council Members in Large American Cities, 1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Welch, Susan
  • Bledsoe, Timothy
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
cities; community elites; community power; demographic characteristics; governing councils; governmental elites; leadership; local government; local politics; political elites; political party preference; representation; United States
  • Abstract

    This datafile consists of the responses to a mail questionnaire sent to randomly selected city council members in large American cities. The study was designed to explore the relationship between local political structure and the personal characteristics, representational styles, and policy perspectives of city council members. The respondents were asked questions about a broad variety of topics, such as factors influencing their decision to run for council, perceptions of sources of conflict within the council and community, the political structure of their city, and perceptions of how well they represent the variety of constituencies within the community. Background information, such as age, sex, political party, principal occupation, and highest level of education attained is also provided on each survey respondent.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Sampled Universe
City Council members in large American cities with populations between 50,000 and 1,000,000.
Stratified random sample.
Collection Mode
  • In order to preserve the confidentility of respondents, certain variables have been omitted from the datafile and codebook.

2007-03-05 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (8218189).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8655 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08655.v1
  • Thomas, Sue. The Effects of Race and Gender on Constituency Service. Western Political Quarterly.45, (1), 169-180.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Bledsoe, Timothy, Herring, Mary. Victims of circumstance: Women in pursuit of political office. American Political Science Review.84, (1), 213-223.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Bledsoe, Timothy, Welch, Susan. Patterns of Political Party Activity Among U.S. Cities. Urban Affairs Quarterly.23, (2), 249-269.1987.
    • ID: 10.1177/004208168702300205 (DOI)
  • Welch, Susan, Bledsoe, Timohty. The partisan consequences of nonpartisan elections and the changing nature of urban politics. American Journal of Political Science.30, (1), 128-139.1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Welch, Susan, Bledsoe, Timothy. The Effect of Political Structure on the Partisan and Socioeconomic Characteristics of Urban City Council Members. American Politics Quarterly.13, (4), 467-483.1985.

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

Welch, Susan; Bledsoe, Timothy (1988): Survey of City Council Members in Large American Cities, 1982. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.