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The European Social Survey was set up to address two main aims. The first, to collect data over time about people's changing social attitudes and values across Europe; the second, to raise the methodological standards to which cross-national research is carried out. This paper will address how the ESS attempts to fulfill these aims. It will provide a detailed account of how the ESS is run and how it endeavours to fulfil its aims to become a rigorous new time series, charting value change in Europe.

This is an abstract of a paper given by Caroline Bryson and Ruth O'Shea (National Centre for Social Research, London, UK) at the conference "Measuring attitudes and values in Europe" - European Social Survey Launch Conference, Brussels, 25-26 November 2003. Further details of the conference are available on CORDIS at: A full version of the paper may possibly be available on that site after the conference.

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