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ZA0001: The European Elite Panel Study (1956, Germany)

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Citation Citation Lerner, Daniel; Forschungsinstitut für Sozial- und Verwaltungswissenschaften, Universität zu Köln (1956): The European Elite Panel Study (1956, Germany). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0001 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA0001
TitleThe European Elite Panel Study (1956, Germany)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1956)
Date of Collection03.1956 - 04.1956
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Lerner, Daniel - M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.
  • Forschungsinstitut für Sozial- und Verwaltungswissenschaften, Universität zu Köln


AbstractAttitudes of German elites to loss of national power after the war and judgement on current international political events. Topics: Attitude to development and control of nuclear weapons and nuclear power; judgement on East-West relations and international relations; perceived leadership power in world politics; attitude to the relationship of the FRG to the western alliance; attitude to rearmament, NATO and a European defense community; judgement on military security; assessment of long-term political and economic developments; attitude to European unification (EEC) and the European Coal and Steel Community; assessment of the development of the UN; attitude to reunification of Germany; self-image of the Germans and stereotype concepts of selected nations; attitude to modern art; knowledge of a German sociologist; father´s political activity and personal political involvement before 1933; party membership; occupation of father and grandfathers; self-assessment of social class; religiousness; media usage; membership in clubs and organizations; offices held; circle of friends. Demography: sex; age (classified); regional origins; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; religious training; school education; state. Interviewer rating: sincerity and willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; city size; termination of interview.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
Topics Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 13.2 Elites and leadership


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
UniverseMembers of male elites of the economy and public life
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Sample by means of the position and reputation technique.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorForschungsinstitut fuer Sozial- und Verwaltungswissenschaften, Universitaet zu Koeln
Date of Collection
  • 03.1956 - 04.1956

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
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Further Remarks

NotesThe study is part of a longitudinal investigation and part of an international comparative study (see ZA Study No. 0002 and 0003).
Number of Units: 573
Number of Variables: -
Data Type: Mehrfachlochung
Analysis System(s): -


  • Lerner, Daniel; Gordon, Morton: Euratlantica: Changing Perspectives of the European Elites. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press 1969
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