English title: Happiness is not Enough: Cognitive Judgements as Indicators of National Wellbeing

Author(s): R. Jowell - G Eva -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2009

Abstract

The European Social Survey, on which this issue of the journal focuses, is a 30-nation multi-funded survey series measuring attitude change. Started in 2001, it is characterised by unusually high standards of sampling and data equivalence. Its data are made available on-line with equal access to all, and have already attracted over 20,000 users. Many papers, articles and books based on the ESS have already appeared. But none has yet employed the data—whether alone or with other sources—to derive indicators of citizens’ cognitive judgements of their society. A recent EC grant is enabling the authors to fill this gap, covering topics such as trust in national institutions, tolerance, social cohesion, social trust and fear of crime. The aim is to be able to monitor changes over time in the distance between what citizens believe their society ought to be in these respects and how they actually perceive it to be.

Volume: 91

Issue: 3

From page no: 317

To page no: 328

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11205-008-9343-3

Journal: Social Indicators Research