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British Social Attitudes
Continuity and Change over Two Decades

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December 2003 | 356 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'...an authoritative survey of social attitudes' - The Daily Telegraph

'The most comprehensive study of public opinion' - Financial Times

'…the annual survey of British social attitudes - a document arguably more

significant than the urban and rural white papers rolled together ...' - New Start

'…fascinating snapshot' - The Guardian

'…a highly-respected annual study' - Daily Mail

'…an indispensable tool not just for governments, but also for modern citizens to understand their fellows, and themselves better' - The Times Higher

The annual British Social Attitudes survey provides an indispensable guide to current political and social issues in contemporary Britain.

Compiled by Britain's largest independent social research institute, the National Centre for Social Research, it describes and reviews a broad range of current social attitudes and values derived from extensive nation-wide interviews.

This 20th Report summarizes and interprets data from the most recent survey and draws invaluable comparisons with findings of previous years.

The most comprehensive review of changing British social values available, the British Social Attitudes survey report is an essential reading for anyone seeking a guide to the topical issues and debates of today or engaged in contemporary social and political research.

Tom Sefton, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics

John Appleby The Kings' Fund

Arturo Alvarez-Rosete, The Kings' Fund

Ben Seyd, Constitution Unit

John Curtice, Strathclyde University

Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College Oxford

Rosemary Crompton, City University

Michaela Brockmann, City University

Dick Wiggins, City University

Catherine Rothan Oxford University

Anthony Heath, Oxford University

Alison Park , National Centre for Social Research

Paula Surridge, University of Bristol

Steve Fisher, Oxford University

John Curtice, Strathclyde University

Ian Christie, Local Futures Group

Sonia Exley, National Centre for Social Research

Catherine Bromley, National Centre for Social Research

Ted Wragg, Exeter University

Lindsey Jarvis, National Centre for Social Research

Tom Sefton
What we Want From the Welfare State
John Appleby and Arturo Alvarez Roste
The NHS
Keeping up with Public Expectations?  
Sonia Exley and Ian Christie
Stuck in Our Cars? Mapping Transport Preferences
Catherine Bromley
Has Britain Become Immune to Inequality?
John Curtice and Ben Seyd
Is there a Crisis of Political Participation?
Ted Wragg and Lindsey Jarvis
Pass or Fail? Perceptions of Education
Alison Park and Paula Surridge
Charting Change in British Values
Rosemary Crompton, Michaela Brockmann and Richard D Wiggins
A Woman's Place… Employment and Family Life for Men and Women
Catherine Rothan and Anthony Heath
Trends in Racial Prejudice
Geoffrey Evans
Will We Ever Vote for the Euro?
John Curtice and Steve Fisher
The Power to Persuade? A Tale of Two Prime Ministers

'…the annual survey of British social attitudes - a document arguably more

significant than the urban and rural white papers rolled together ..'. - New Start

'…fascinating snapshot.' - The Guardian

'…a highly-respected annual study.' - Daily Mail

'…an indispensable tool not just for governments, but also for modern citizens to understand their fellows, and themselves better.' - The Times Higher

The annual British Social Attitudes survey provides an indispensable guide to current political and social issues in contemporary Britain.

Compiled by Britain's largest independent social research institute, the National Centre for Social Research, it describes and reviews a broad range of current social attitudes and values derived from extensive nation-wide interviews.

This 19th Report summarizes and interprets data from the most recent survey and draws invaluable comparisons with findings of previous years.

The most comprehensive review of changing British social values available, the British Social Attitudes survey report is an essential reading for anyone seeking a guide to the topical issues and debates of today or engaged in contemporary social and political research.


"To make available the mechanics of the full text of questionnaires is unusual and provides interesting insights into survey research methodology. The book provides fascinating reading, and has no rival. Collections with interests in survey research, British history and culture, and public opinion will want this volume. Highly recommended."

G.R.Walden
Ohio State University

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