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Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally
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Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally
Lessons from the European Social Survey

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April 2007 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Winner of the 2006 The Descartes Prize “for excellence in collaborative scientific research”

With the expansion of the European Union and the development of supra-national governance worldwide, the volume of cross-national data and the importance of rigorous comparative analysis has grown rapidly.

This book, written by members of the design and implementation team for the groundbreaking European Social Survey (ESS), reviews current best practice in the conduct of cross-national, cross-cultural quantitative research. The first eight chapters cover the background and rationale for the Survey and offer a detailed analysis of the methods and procedures used, as well as exploring ways to overcome the obstacles to successful cross-national research. The final chapter looks ahead to future comparative surveys and discusses the lessons that can be learned from the ESS.

As well as examining methodological issues, Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally includes four substantive chapters on the findings of the ESS, including the emergence of hitherto unknown national differences in values regarding immigration and perceptions of citizenship. The ESS data is also considered in comparison with that from US General Social Survey.

Measuring Attitudes Cross-Nationally offers a practical guide, firmly grounded in theory, for researchers across the social sciences who have an interest the design, planning or interpretation of cross-national social surveys.



Roger Jowell and Max Kaase
A Measurement Model for Comparative Surveys
Rory Fitzgerald, Gillian Eva, Caroline Bryson and Ruth O'Shea
From Design to Implementation
Sabine Häder and Peter Lynn
How Representative can a Multi-Nation Survey Be?
Willem E Saris and Irmtraud Gallhofer
Can Questions Travel Successfully?
Janet A Harkness
Improving Equivalence in Translations
Ineke A L Stoop
The Impact of External Events
Jaak Billiet, Achim Koch and Michel Philippens
Understanding and Improving Response Rates
Kirstine Kolsrud, Knut Kalgraff Skjåk and Bjørn Henrichsen
Free and Immediate Access to Data
Shalom H Schwartz
Measuring Changing Value Orientations Across Nations
David Card, Christian Dustmann and Ian Preston
Understanding Attitudes to Immigration and National Exclusiveness
Kenneth Newton and José Ramón Montero
Political and Social Participation in Europe
Pippa Norris and James Davis
A Continental Divide? Social Capital in the US and Europe
Peter Mohler
What is Being Learned From the ESS?

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