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European Social Survey, Round 2 - Monitoring Attitude Change in Europe - MACE, Final Report, EUR 23147

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00116


The European Social Survey (ESS) is a multi-country biennial survey now in its third round (though it has recently obtained core funding for Round 4 as well).While the first round of the ESS was carried out in 22 countries, its second round - on which this report is based - embraced 26 countries, thus expanding the scope of the project and consolidating its initial success.
The ESS has three main aims:
- to measure, monitor and interpret changing public attitudes within Europe and to explain how they interact with changing European institutions;
- to advance and consolidate improved methods of cross-national quantitative measurement within Europe and beyond;
- to develop a series of social indicators, including attitudinal indicators, which monitor trends in the quality of life within and between European nations.
Drawing on the best traditions of quantitative social measurement, and combining them with a range of pioneering new methods, a rich, publicly available dataset consisting of two rounds of data is already in place and being widely quarried. The innovative format in which it is made available via the World Wide Web, enables easy access to the dataset not just to the social science and policy communities, but also to the mass media and other less sophisticated users. A hallmark of the ESS is that its dataset is freely available without charge to any interested user.

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