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|Title:||British General Election Study, 1983; Cross-Section Survey|
|Series:||British Election Study [British Election Studies, 1969-]|
|Depositor:||Heath, A., University of Oxford. Jesus College|
Heath, A., University of Oxford. Jesus College
Jowell, R., Social and Community Planning Research
Curtice, J.K., University of Liverpool. Department of Political Theory and Institutions
Social and Community Planning Research
Economic and Social Research Council
University of Oxford. Jesus College
|Other acknowledgements:||P ; 0765|
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.From 1983, the British Election Study series continued under a slightly changed name, British General Election Study, directed by Anthony Heath, Roger Jowell and John Curtice, and conducted jointly by Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR - now NatCen Social Research) and Nuffield College Oxford.
Interest and participation in election campaign; perception of party system; vote; second choice party; reason for voting; 1979 vote; party identification; negative partisanship; attitudes towards party leaders; images of political parties; wide variety of questions on political attitudes and perceptions of where parties stand on political attitudes; importance of issues in influencing vote; mother and father's vote; father's respondent's and spouse's occupation (1970 and 1980 classifications) including Goldthorpe class schema; self-assigned class; trade union membership; car ownership; use of private medicine and education; perception of trends in household income; receipt of state benefit; education and qualifications; religion; ethnic origin; gender; housing tenure; party membership; region; parliamentary constituency; 1981 Census ward code.
Measures used replicate some of those used in Butler and Stokes' Political Change in Britain, 1963-70 (SN:33099), British Election Studies, 1974-79 (SN:33066), European Communities Study, 1970 (SN:33050) and the British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983 (SN:1935). A Continuity Guide, obtainable from the Archive, documents these.
Occupational data from the British Election Study, 1983 were recoded so as to become comparable with data from the Social Mobility Inquiry, 1972 (SN: 1097). It was hoped that the 'splicing ' of the two studies would enable researchers to gain a clear idea of how mobility rates and patterns have changed in Britain over recent decades.
|Dates of fieldwork:||9 July 1983 - 9 October 1983|
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Electorate eligible to vote on 9 June 1983 (excluding constituencies north of the Caledonian Canal)
Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Stratified random cluster
|Number of units:||3955 (obtained)|
|Method of data collection:||
|Weighting:||No information recorded|
|ABORTION (INDUCED)||AGE||ALLIANCE (LIBERAL/SDP) (GREAT BRITAIN)|
|BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES||BUSINESSES||CANVASSING|
|CENSORSHIP||CHILD BENEFITS||CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS|
|CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS||COMMUNIST PARTY OF GREAT BRITAIN (1920 - 1991)||COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS|
|CONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||DEATH PENALTY||DECISION MAKING|
|DISARMAMENT||DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIES||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY|
|EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND||EDUCATIONAL EXPENDITURE||ELDERLY|
|ELECTION BROADCASTING||ELECTION CAMPAIGNS||ELECTIONS|
|ELECTORAL ISSUES||ELECTORAL SYSTEMS||EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES|
|EMPLOYMENT||ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS||EQUAL OPPORTUNITY|
|ETHNIC GROUPS||EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY||EUROPEAN UNION|
|FALKLAND ISLANDS||FATHER'S OCCUPATION||FATHER'S OCCUPATIONAL STATUS|
|FATHERS||FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONS||FINANCIAL RESOURCES|
|FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION||FREEDOM OF SPEECH||GENDER|
|GOVERNMENT||GREAT BRITAIN||HEADS OF GOVERNMENT|
|HEALTH SERVICES||HIGHER EDUCATION||HOME OWNERSHIP|
|INCOME DISTRIBUTION||INCOME TAX||INFLATION|
|INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT||INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS||JUDGMENTS (LEGAL)|
|LABOUR LAW||LABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||LAW ENFORCEMENT|
|LAWFUL OPPOSITION||LIBERAL PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||MARITAL STATUS|
|MEDICAL INSURANCE||MEMBERSHIP||MILITARY EXPENDITURE|
|MOTHERS||MOTOR VEHICLES||NATIONAL FRONT (UNITED KINGDOM)|
|NATIONALIZATION||NEWSPAPER READERSHIP||NORTHERN IRELAND|
|NUCLEAR BASES||NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS||NUCLEAR WEAPONS|
|OCCUPATIONAL STATUS||OCCUPATIONS||PERSONAL EFFICACY|
|PLAID CYMRU||POLICE POWER||POLITICAL ALLEGIANCE|
|POLITICAL ATTITUDES||POLITICAL AWARENESS||POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR|
|POLITICAL COALITIONS||POLITICAL EXTREMISM||POLITICAL INFLUENCE|
|POLITICAL INTEREST||POLITICAL LEADERS||POLITICAL OPPOSITION|
|POLITICAL PARTICIPATION||POLITICAL POWER||POLITICIANS|
|PRISONS||PRIVATE EDUCATION||PRIVATE SCHOOLS|
|PRIVATE SECTOR||PRIVATIZATION||PUBLIC EXPENDITURE|
|PUBLIC SECTOR||PUBLIC TRANSPORT||PUNISHMENT OBJECTIVES|
|QUALIFICATIONS||RACIAL DISCRIMINATION||REGIONAL GOVERNMENT|
|RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION||RELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE||RENTED ACCOMMODATION|
|SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY||SELF-EMPLOYED||SEX DISCRIMINATION|
|SICK PERSONS||SOCIAL CHANGE||SOCIAL CLASS|
|SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||SOCIAL HOUSING||SOCIAL ORIGIN|
|SOCIAL POLICY||SOCIAL PROTEST||SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS|
|SOCIAL SERVICES||SOCIAL WELFARE||SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS|
|SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||SPOUSE'S OCCUPATION||SPOUSE'S OCCUPATIONAL STATUS|
|SPOUSES||STANDARD OF LIVING||STATE CONTROL|
|STATE RETIREMENT PENSIONS||STRIKES||STUDENTS|
|TAXATION||TELEPHONES||TENANTS' HOME PURCHASING|
|TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP||TRADE UNIONS||TRAINING|
|USA||VOTING BEHAVIOUR||VOTING INTENTION|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||01 January 1983|
|Copyright:||No information recorded|
|Access conditions:||The depositor has specified that registration is not required.|
|Please note:||These data are available to any user for any purpose under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0) These data are also available as part of a collection British Elections, 1963-1992 (SN:3175). They are also available as part of a CD-ROM collection British Election Studies Information System (BESIS) (SN:3588).|
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By principal investigator(s):
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Resulting from secondary analysis:
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A subset of BES 1997 data has been used for the following textbook:
Tarling, R. (2008) Statistical modelling for social researchers: principles and practice, Oxford: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-44840-6. The book's companion web site includes downloadable datasets and further information: retrieved 26 January, 2009, from http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415448406/links.asp.
Steven, M. (2010) Christianity and party politics: keeping the faith, London: Routledge, December. ISBN 978-0-415-55660-6.
Upton, G.J.G. (2016) Categorical data analysis by example, Oxford: Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-30786-0.