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The British Election Study (BES/BGES) series, which began in 1963, aims to explore the changing determinants of electoral behaviour in contemporary Britain. The surveys have taken place immediately after every general election since 1964. Besides the main election surveys, other datasets have also been produced. For example, separate sub-sample surveys of ethnic minority groups, country-specific studies of Scotland and Northern Ireland, and several inter-election longitudinal panel studies, have also been conducted.
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