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ZA0003: The European Elite Panel Study (1965, Germany)

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  • ZA0003_cdb.pdf (Codebook) 218 KBytes
  • ZA0003_cod.pdf (Codebook) 8 MBytes
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Citation Citation Lerner, Daniel; Institut für International Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln (1966): The European Elite Panel Study (1965, Germany). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0003 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA0003
TitleThe European Elite Panel Study (1965, Germany)
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1966)
Date of Collection02.1965 - 07.1965
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Lerner, Daniel - M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.
  • Institut für International Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln


AbstractAttitudes of German elites to loss of national power after the war and judgement on current international political events. Topics: Judgement on the current situation of international relations and the development of East-West relations; desired position of the FRG in the western alliance; preferred manner of action on arms control and control of peaceful use of atomic energy; assessment of the development in the communist world as well as the Soviet-Chinese conflict; attitude to the EEC; primary tasks and most significant previous successes of the EEC; preference for economic or political integration of Europe; judgement on membership of England in the EEC; questions on military security and NATO; judgement on the threat from the East and the effect of deterrence; preferred weapon system and desired organizational structure of western defense or nuclear force; judgement on the current role of America; expected changes under the Johnson government; judgement on current currency problems; most important problems of the FRG; attitude to foreign aid; judgement on long-term development of individual countries; judgement on the chances of reunification; attitude to the nation-state; media usage and information conduct; contacts with members of parliament and members of associations; memberships; offices held; self-assessment of political orientation; party preference; social origins. Demography: age (classified); regional origins; present and past offices held; significance of these offices; occupation; school education; marital status; number of children; religious denomination; military service; type of employer; professional position; religiousness; occupation and school education of wife; regional origins; social origins; party preference; party membership. Interviewer rating: date of interview; length of interview; completeness of interview; interview surroundings; manner of conduct of interview.
Categories Categories
  • Political Issues
Topics Topics
  • 11.2 International politics and organisation
  • 11.3 Conflict, security and peace
  • 13.2 Elites and leadership


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
UniverseMale elites in the FRG
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Identification of persons from earlier investigations according to reputation and position; organized regionally and functionally;
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data CollectorInstitut fuer International Vergleichende Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln
Date of Collection
  • 02.1965 - 07.1965

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)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesA split questionnaire was used. With a part of the respondents the complex of questions on military security or the EEC was skipped. The study is part of a longitudinal investigation which also contains some panel interviews. The study is at the same time part of an international comparative investigation (see ZA Study No. 0001 and 0002).
Number of Units: 365
Number of Variables: 322
Data Type: Einfachlochung
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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