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Population and Law in the Federal Republic of Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kaupen, Wolfgang (Arbeitskreis für Rechtssoziologie, Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer angewandte Verbraucherforschung, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Legal system, Legislation, Law
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Legal systems
  • Abstract

    Relationship of the population to law, legal institutions and jurists. Topics: Knowledge about the responsible courts and the task of the Federal Constitutional Court; type and frequency of court contacts; participation in court proceedings as spectator; attitude to and knowledge about functions of lawyers, prosecuting attorneys and judges; image of prosecuting attorneys and judges (semantic differential); general evaluation of court judgements; assessment of the standing of the courts in the mass-media; reading of magazines; contact in legal questions and distance from administration of justice; personal contacts with a lawyer; general attitude to jurists; knowledge of trial modalities and trial costs; expected influence of income of the defendant as well as the quality of the lawyer on trial results; attitude to individual judge versus judge committee; legal norm or moral evaluation as criterion for demand for sanction, presented in various situations such as e.g. tax evasion, illicit work, hit-and-run driving, use of intoxicants, attempted suicide, theft, pandering and deviant sexual behavior; judgement on the purpose of punishment and evaluation of re-socialization measures; suitable means to reduce crime; attitude to the penal system, the death penalty and corporal punishment as well as divorce; political interest; attitude to social interest associations, government and private institutions and parties; conduct with complaints regarding authorities; attitude to more government supervision and a prohibition of radical parties; judgement on income and assets distribution in the FRG; personal penalties; party preference; work satisfaction (scale); city size. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; vocational training; employment; income; social origins; state; regional origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970-05 / 1970-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 18 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1098
    Number of Variables: 317
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0641 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.0641
  • Kaupen, Wolfgang: Das Verhältnis der Bevölkerung zur Rechtspflege: Empirische Materialien zur Frage der Effektivität von Recht. In: Jahrbuch für Rechtssoziologie und Rechtstheorie, Bd. 3. Düsseldorf: Bertelsmann Universitätsverlag 1972, S. 555 - 563.
  • Kaupen, Wolfgang: Das Verhältnis der Bevölkerung zum Recht in einer demokratischen Gesellschaft. In: Steinert, Heinz (Hrsg.): Der Prozeß der Kriminalisierung: Untersuchungen zur Kriminalsoziologie. München: Juventa 1973.
  • Blath, Richard: Einstellungen der westdeutschen Bevölkerung zur Strafe und zu abweichendem Verhalten. Köln, Universität, Seminar für Soziologie, Diplomarbeit, 1973/74.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2017-01-09

Kaupen, Wolfgang (2017): Bevölkerung und Recht in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Version: 1.1.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.