Inventory of Political Attitude & Behavior
Surveys in East Central Europe &
the Former Soviet Union 1989-1997
By Gabor Toka
464 pages, Illustrated, 8 1/4" x 11 ¾"
This book offers an overview of accessible survey data on political attitudes and behavior in East Central Europe and the former Soviet Union between 1990 and 1997, occasionally featuring data sets from 1988-89 and 1998 as well. These large bodies of - often cross-nationally comparable and/or longitudinal - data are, in principle, all available for secondary analyses, and the book explains how they can be accessed with negligible or relatively minor investment of time, money and effort. Some of the data sets described in this catalogue have never been deposited in a public data archive. The bulk of them are reasonably well protected in lesser known East European archives, but lack documentation in other languages than those of the interviews. A small portion of these data sets arrived - or are on their way - to highly visible Western data archives, but have escaped the attention of the scholarly community so far. In either case, following up the clues provided here will not only be an extremely cost-efficient mode of data-collection, but will help preserving valuable historical documents that - inadequately protected from failures of human or organizational memory and other sources of potential damage - might otherwise perish.
Reihe Wissenschaft No. 9
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