English title: The Eurobarometers : Their Evolution, Obvious Merits, and Ways to Add Value to them

Author(s): Hermann Schmitt -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2003

Abstract

Eurobarometers have been the chief research tool for empirically oriented, comparative social researchers who are interested in the micro-foundations of European politics and society. Conducted on behalf of the European Commission, the surveys serve both short-term (‘political’) and long-term (‘analytical’) purposes. As a matter of principle, the data are made publicly available and thus accessible for academic usage soon after the end of fieldwork. This short article reviews the obvious achievements of the Eurobarometers and ways to add value to them, with particular attention to the longitudinal character of the database and to its potential role in multi-level analyses involving additional data sources.

Volume: 4

Issue: 2

From page no: 243

To page no: 251

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1465116503004002005

Journal: European Union Politics