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Candidates for the European Parliament, April-May 1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Rabier, Jacques-Rene (Commission of the European Communities)
  • Sorensen, Carsten (University of Aarhus)
  • Inglehart, Ronald (University of Michigan. Center for Political Studies)
  • Gordon, Ian (Kingston Polytechnic University)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany)
  • Commission of the European Communities
  • European Parliament
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
biographical data; candidates; career history; European Economic Community; European Union; European Parliament; goals; legislators; parliamentary elections; political affiliation; political attitudes; political influences; political leaders; political perception; political socialization
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information on the goals and attitudes toward current political issues of a sample of 742 candidates for seats in the first elections to the European Parliament, held in June 1979. Interviews were conducted during the two months preceding the election in each of the nine nations that were members of the European Community. The sample includes 62 percent of those who were elected to the European Parliament. Candidates were asked about their reasons for choosing to become candidates, and their views on the goals, priorities, and powers of the European Parliament and the European Community. In addition, the study includes data on each respondent's career history and political affiliation, as well as information on the contacts the candidates had with other parties and the subjective sense of closeness they felt toward them, both in their own nations and across national boundaries within the European Community. The study was designed to permit comparison of opinions between the general public and candidates, and it includes a large number of questions that were also administered to the general public in EURO-BAROMETER 11: YEAR OF THE CHILD IN EUROPE, APRIL 1979 (ICPSR 7752). Demographic information collected on respondents includes age, occupation (other than any political position already held), religion and frequency of religious observation, number of foreign languages spoken, and self-assigned political position on a left-right scale. Background information on the respondents' parents was also obtained, including foreign languages spoken by parents, political affiliation, and occupation.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-04 / 1979-05
    Time period: 1979-04--1979-05
  • 1979-04 / 1979-05
    Collection date: 1979-04--1979-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Europe
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Candidates campaigning for European Parliament seats in 1979 in each of the nine nations of the EC (France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain [including Northern Ireland], Ireland, Denmark, Luxembourg, and Belgium.)
The number of interviews with candidates of different parties in each country was proportional to the number of seats each party was expected to win.
Collection Mode
  • (1) A complete listing of codes and marginals is included in the codebook with deleted variables marked by an asterisk (*) and truncated variables marked with a pound sign (#). (2) The data collection instrument is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Funding insitution(s): Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany). Commission of the European Communities. European Parliament. National Science Foundation (NSF: SES 8208333).
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
  • 9033 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09033.v1
  • Dalton, Russell J.. Generational change in elite political beliefs: The growth of ideological polarization. Journal of Politics.49, (4), 976-997.1987.
  • Inglehart, Ronald. Aggregate Stability and Individual-Level Flux in Mass Belief Systems: The Level of Analysis Paradox. American Political Science Review.79, (1), 97-116.1985.
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  • Inglehart, Ronald. Post-Materialism in an Environment of Insecurity. American Political Science Review.75, (4), 880-900.1981.
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  • Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Inglehart, Ronald. What kind of Europe? Support for national independence, cooperation and integration in the European Parliament. Government and Opposition.16, 185-199.1981.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1477-7053.1981.tb00307.x (DOI)
  • Gordon, I., Inglehart, Ronald, Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Sorensen, C.L.. Broader powers for the European Parliament? The attitudes of candidates. Atlantic Community Quarterly.18, (1), 102-117.1980.
  • Rabier, Jacques-Rene, Inglehart, Ronald, Gordon, Ian, Sorensen, Carsten. Quelle Europe? Cooperation ou integration? Les preferences des candidats a l'election de juin 1979 et des membres elus du Parlement Europeen. Pouvoirs.15, 139-151.1980.
  • Sorensen, Carsten Lehmann, Gordon, Ian, Inglehart, Ronald, Rabier, Jacques-Rene. A European security policy? The attitudes of candidates for the European Parliament. Scandinavian Political Studies.3, (347), 1980.

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

Rabier, Jacques-Rene; Sorensen, Carsten; Inglehart, Ronald; Gordon, Ian (1984): Candidates for the European Parliament, April-May 1979. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.