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The idea for a European Social Survey (ESS) originated from an experience in the collaborative comparative research project "Beliefs in Government" conducted in the early Nineties under the auspices of and funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF). This paper describes the evolution of the concept, from the identification of gaps in existing research data to the planning and funding of the ESS.

This is an abstract of a paper given by Max Kaase (International University Bremen, Germany) 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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