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European Social Survey 2012

English title European Social Survey 2012
Applicant Ernst Stähli Michèle
Number 139523
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution FORS c/o Université de Lausanne
Institution of higher education Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences - FORS
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2013
Approved amount 1'308'345.00
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All Disciplines (6)

Discipline
Sociology
Economics
Communication sciences
Psychology
Political science
Education and learning sciences, subject-specific education

Keywords (5)

Social change; General social survey; Well-being; Democracy; Cross-national comparisons

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
Lay summary

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial, cross-sectional survey that started for the first time in 2002. The 6th Round (R6) will take place in 2012. It is carried out simultaneously in most of the European countries. Swiss data are available for each round (at http://fors-nesstar.unil.ch and http://ess.nsd.uib.no).

The aim is to provide valuable data about the evolution of values, attitudes, and behaviours of the general populations in the different countries, for reliable comparisons across countries and accross time.
The questionnaire is structured in two parts. A first part, the so called ‘core module’, is conducted in every round and aims to monitor change and continuity for a wide range of socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-psychological variables on topics such as: media use; trust in social environment; political participation and perception of institutions; subjective well-being; feelings about discrimination; attitudes toward exclusion; as well as national, ethnic, and religious identity. The core module also gathers information regarding the respondent’s socio-demographic profile. The second part includes two or more modules on specific themes, repeated periodically. The purpose of these rotating modules is to provide an in-depth focus on a series of particular academic or policy concerns. In the 2012 edition, the specific themes will be ‘personal and social well-being’ on the one hand, already asked in 2006, and ‘understandings and evaluations of democracy’ on the other, a new module led by prof. Hanspeter Kriesi, a top-rated Swiss scholar. Additionally, at the end of the interview, a set of questions measure the Schwartz’ human values scale and test a few wording and scale variations for methodological research.

The methodological specifications of this survey are very precise and ambitious, in order to guarantee internationally comparable data of very high quality over time. In practice, a minimum of 1,500 people, randomly selected out of the resident population aged 15+, answer a 1-hour face-to-face interview in each country. In Switzerland, the sample is drawn from the register database by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. A response rate of 55% is expected and the fieldwork is carried out with CAPI by an experienced survey agency.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
'How long will it take?' An analysis of interview length in the fifth round of the European Social Survey
Loosveldt Geert, Beullens Koen (2013), 'How long will it take?' An analysis of interview length in the fifth round of the European Social Survey, in Survey Research Methods, 7(2), 69-78.
National minorities and their representation in social surveys: which practices make a difference?
Laganà Francesco, Elcheroth Guy, Penic Sandra, Kleiner Brian, Fasel Nicole (2013), National minorities and their representation in social surveys: which practices make a difference?, in Quality & Quantity, 47(3), 1287-1314.
Swiss Social Report 2012: Generations in perspective
Höpflinger François, Joye Dominique, Schmid Botkine Céline, Bühlmann Felix, Suter Christian, Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina, Levy René, Farago Peter (ed.) (2013), Swiss Social Report 2012: Generations in perspective, Seismo, Zurich.
Der Effekt der Systemunterstützung auf die politische Partizipation: Eine vergleichende Analyse westlicher Demokratien
Allenspach Dominik (2012), Der Effekt der Systemunterstützung auf die politische Partizipation: Eine vergleichende Analyse westlicher Demokratien, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / Springer, Wiesbaden.
Opposition to Antiracism Laws Across Swiss Municipalities: A Multilevel Analysis
Sarrasin Oriane, Green Eva G. T., Fasel Nicole, Christ Oliver, Staerklé Christian, Clémence Alain (2012), Opposition to Antiracism Laws Across Swiss Municipalities: A Multilevel Analysis, in Political Psychology, 33(5), 659-681.
Rapport social 2012: Générations en jeu
Joye Dominique, Levy René, Bühlmann Felix, Höpflinger François, Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina, Suter Christian, Farago Peter, Schmid Botkine Céline (ed.) (2012), Rapport social 2012: Générations en jeu, Seismo, Zurich.
Sozialbericht 2012: Fokus Generationen
Farago Peter, Joye Dominique, Perrig-Chiello Pasqualina, Suter Christian, Levy René, Bühlmann Felix, Höpflinger François, Schmid Botkine Céline (ed.) (2012), Sozialbericht 2012: Fokus Generationen, Seismo, Zürich.
Spotlight Switzerland
Ernst Stähli Michèle (2012), Spotlight Switzerland, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 25-36.
Temporal trends in intergenerational social mobility in Switzerland: A cohort study of men and women born between 1912 and 1974
Falcon Julie (2012), Temporal trends in intergenerational social mobility in Switzerland: A cohort study of men and women born between 1912 and 1974, in Revue suisse de sociologie, 38(2), 153-175.
Varieties of dualization? Labor market segmentation and insider-outsider divides across regimes
Häusermann Silja, Schwander Hanna (2012), Varieties of dualization? Labor market segmentation and insider-outsider divides across regimes, Oxford University Press, New York, 27-51.
Wer ist denn noch am Festnetzanschluss erreichbar?
Lutz Georg, Borrat-Besson Carmen, Ernst Stähli Michèle, Wernli Boris (2012), Wer ist denn noch am Festnetzanschluss erreichbar?, in vsms Verband Schweizer Markt- und Sozialforschung {\textbar} Jahrbuch 2012, 24-26.
Zur Entwicklung der intergenerationalen Mobilität in der Schweiz
Jann Ben, Combet Benita (2012), Zur Entwicklung der intergenerationalen Mobilität in der Schweiz, in Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 38(2), 177-199.
Non-respondent surveys: pertinence and feasibility
Ernst Stähli Michèle, Joye Dominique, Non-respondent surveys: pertinence and feasibility, in The Survey Statistician, (68).

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
European Social Survey Central Coordination Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
European Social Survey Conference: Transnational evidence 10.06.2013 Dublin, Ireland
CSDI workshop 2013 21.03.2013 Stockholm, Sweden
1st DASISH Quantitative Workshop: Digital resources in international survey research 12.12.2012 Mannheim, Germany
International Conference on European Social survey 23.11.2012 European University Cyprus, Nicosia/Cyprus
7e Colloque francophone sur les Sondages 05.11.2012 Rennes, France
23rd International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse 06.09.2012 Ontario, Canada
6TH INTERNATIONAL TOTAL SURVEY ERROR WORKSHOP (ITSEW) 02.09.2012 Duin en Kruidberg, Santpoort, The Netherlands
Workshop FORS-OFS 21.06.2012 Neuchâtel
CSDI Workshop 2012 (International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation) 22.03.2012 Washington, D.C.


Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
151004 European Values Study, preparation of the fifth wave 2017 01.01.2017 Research Infrastructure
151000 European Social Survey 2014+2016 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
151002 MOSAiCH 2015 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
133957 Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) 2011 01.01.2011 Research Infrastructure
151001 SWISS HOUSEHOLD PANEL - 2014 - 2016 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
151007 Rapport social 2016 / Sozialbericht 2016 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
151000 European Social Survey 2014+2016 01.01.2014 Research Infrastructure
128920 European Social Survey 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure
127799 Weiterführung und institutionelle Konsolidierung der Generationenberichterstattung 01.01.2010 NRP 52 Childhood, Youth and Intergenerational Relationships in a Changing Society
128919 MOSAiCH 2011 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure
128920 European Social Survey 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure
128924 SWISS HOUSEHOLD PANEL - 2010 - 2011 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial survey that started for the first time in 2002. The 6th Round (R6) will take place in 2012. It is carried out simultaneously in most of the European countries. The aim is to provide valuable data about the evolution of values, attitudes, and behaviours of the populations in the different countries. The methodological specifications of this survey are very precise and ambitious, in order to guarantee internationally comparable data of very high quality over time. In practice, a minimum of 1,500 people answer a 1-hour face-to-face interview in each country. The questionnaire is structured in two parts. A first part, the so called ‘core module’, is conducted in every round and aims to monitor change and continuity for a wide range of socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-psychological variables on topics such as: media use; trust in social environment; political participation and perception of institutions; subjective well-being; feelings about discrimination; attitudes toward exclusion; as well as national, ethnic, and religious identity. The core module also gathers information regarding the respondent’s socio-demographic profile. The second part includes two or more modules on specific themes, repeated periodically. The purpose of these rotating modules is to provide an in-depth focus on a series of particular academic or policy concerns. In the 2012 edition, the specific themes will be ‘personal and social well-being’ on the one hand, already asked in 2006, and ‘understandings and evaluations of democracy’ on the other, a new module led by prof. Hanspeter Kriesi, a top-rated Swiss scholar. Additionally, at the end of the interview, a set of questions measure the Schwartz’ human values scale and test a few wording and scale variations for methodological research. The present application aims to ensure continued Swiss participation in this outstanding international project. The grant contributes to producing a continuous series of valuable data for comparisons over time and countries, since Switzerland, which is also a member of the ESS Scientific Advisory Board, has participated since the very beginning and without exception in this project. The demanding methodological specifications and the exceptional collaboration of experts within the ESS have consistently provided data of very high quality to researchers, policy makers, and other interested people. The project's scientific quality and rigor yielded it the highly esteemed scientific Descartes prize in 2005.
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