English title: The European Social Survey

Author(s): James McBride -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2005


The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Carried out biennially, the survey consists of a core questionnaire which is conducted with every wave, and a rotating module of questions which appear less frequently. The central coordination of the first two waves of the survey have been funded by the Fifth Framework Programme of the EU, with supplementary funds from the European Science Foundation, while data collection in the participating countries has been funded by the respective Research Councils (or their equivalent) in each country. Irish data collection has been facilitated by grants from the Higher Education Authority. Twenty-two countries participated in Wave 1 of the ESS, comprising countries both from within and outside the EU (Table 1). It is expected that Wave 2 of the survey, which is expected to have completed data collection by December 2004, will cover at least 23 countries. There are two segments to the questionnaire – the core topics, to be covered in each survey, and a rotating module of subjects that will be covered with less frequency. The core questionnaire investigates attitudes on areas such as the media, political interest and engagement, religion, discrimination, and national and ethnic identity. In Wave 1, the topics covered in the rotating module concerned civic engagement and immigration issues. In Wave 2, the topics will include inter-relations between family, work and well-being, health care, and the economic morality of the market society.

Volume: 20

Issue: 1

From page no: 3

To page no: 5

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/0790718042000336154

Journal: Irish Political Studies

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