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|Title:||British Election Panel Study, 1983, 1986 and 1987|
|Alternative title:||British General Election Panel Study, 1983, 1986 and 1987|
|Series:||British Election Study [British Election Studies, 1969-]|
|Depositor:||Heath, A., Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends|
Heath, A., Centre for Research into Elections and Social Trends
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
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.The aim of the British Election Panel Study 1983, 1986 and 1987 was to investigate the relationship between social and political change in the period between 1983 and 1987. Particular topics which were the focus of attention included the impact of council house purchase, and purchase of shares in the newly privatised companies, on political preference. Full reports of these analyses are contained in the publication by A.F. Heath et al, Understanding Political Change (see 'Reports by Principal Investigators' section for full bibliographic details). The study was also designed to investigate attitude stability and change and vote switching.
The study consists of a follow-up to the 1983 British General Election Study, Cross Section Survey (held at the Archive under SN:2005). Respondents were re-interviewed in the autumn of 1986 and again after the 1987 general election in the summer of 1987. Data file 01 contains the 1983 and 1986 responses of panel members who completed the 1986 round of interviews. Data file 012 contains the 1983, 1986 and 1987 responses of panel members who completed all three rounds of interview. The content of the 1986 and 1987 questionnaires largely consists of identical questions to those asked in the 1983 British Election Study (BES), thus making it possible to compare responses over time.
The files also contain a split-half experiment on the question-order of party identification and vote (see Heath and Pierce, 1992 - full bibliographic details in 'Reports by Principal Investigators' section).
The dataset contains standard measures of the Goldthorpe class schema.
|Time period:||1983, 1986 and 1987|
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
Adults on the electoral register in Great Britain during 1983, 1986 and 1987.
two follow-ups to the original cross-sectional survey.
Multi-stage stratified random sample
|Number of units:||(B) 1020 (target) 877 (obtained) (1987 respondents)|
|Method of data collection:||
|Weighting:||No information recorded|
|AGE||AID||ALLIANCE (LIBERAL/SDP) (GREAT BRITAIN)|
|BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES||BUSINESSES||CANVASSING|
|COMMUNIST PARTY OF GREAT BRITAIN (1920 - 1991)||COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS||CONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)|
|DEATH PENALTY||DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT||DEFENCE|
|DISARMAMENT||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||ECONOMIC COMPETITION|
|EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND||EDUCATIONAL EXPENDITURE||ELDERLY|
|ELECTION BROADCASTING||ELECTION CAMPAIGNS||ELECTIONS|
|ELECTORAL ISSUES||ELECTORAL SYSTEMS||EMPLOYMENT HISTORY|
|EMPLOYMENT||ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION||EQUAL OPPORTUNITY|
|ETHNIC GROUPS||FALKLAND ISLANDS||FATHER'S OCCUPATION|
|FATHER'S OCCUPATIONAL STATUS||FATHERS||FINANCIAL RESOURCES|
|FOREIGN INDUSTRIES||FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION||FREEDOM OF SPEECH|
|GREEN PARTY (UNITED KINGDOM)||HEADS OF GOVERNMENT||HEALTH SERVICES|
|HIGHER EDUCATION||HOME OWNERSHIP||HOMOSEXUALITY|
|INCOME DISTRIBUTION||INCOME TAX||INCOME|
|INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS||JOB VACANCIES||LABOUR LAW|
|LABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||LAW ENFORCEMENT||LAWFUL OPPOSITION|
|LIBERAL PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||MARITAL STATUS||MEDICAL INSURANCE|
|MEMBERSHIP||MOTOR VEHICLES||NATIONAL FRONT (UNITED KINGDOM)|
|NORTHERN IRELAND||NUCLEAR BASES||NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS|
|NUCLEAR WEAPONS||OCCUPATIONAL STATUS||OCCUPATIONS|
|ORGANIZATIONS||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||POLITICAL SYSTEMS||POLITICIANS|
|PRISONS||PRIVATE EDUCATION||PRIVATE SCHOOLS|
|PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION||PUBLIC EXPENDITURE||PUBLIC SECTOR|
|PUBLIC TRANSPORT||PUNISHMENT OBJECTIVES||QUALIFICATIONS|
|RACISM||REGIONAL ECONOMY||RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION|
|RELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE||RENTED ACCOMMODATION||REPATRIATION|
|SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY||SHARES||SOCIAL CLASS|
|SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)||SOCIAL HOUSING||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||SUBSIDIES||TENANTS' HOME PURCHASING|
|TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP||TRADE UNIONS||TRAINING|
|VOCATIONAL EDUCATION||VOTING BEHAVIOUR||VOTING INTENTION|
|WESTERN EUROPE||WOMEN||WORKERS PARTICIPATION|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||22 July 1999|
|Copyright:||Copyright Social and Community Planning Research|
|Access conditions:||The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions for further information.|
|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)|
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|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_4000_Information.htm||6|
By principal investigator(s):
British Election Study, (1974) The British Election Study panel sample 1974: methodological study, June.
British Election Study, (1974) The British Election Survey: technical document, July.
Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1974) `The why and how of the February voting', New Society, 12 September.
Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1974) The flow of the vote 1970 February 1974 - October 1974.
Sarlvik, B., Crewe, I. and Alt, J., (1974) Class and Party in the elections of 1974.
Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., The decline of the two-party system, paper presented to Political Studies Association Conference, Oxford, March 1975.
British Election Study, (1975) The British Election Study of October 1974: methodological report, April.
British Election Study, (1975) The British Referendum Survey: a report on fieldwork for the Referendum Recall Study, August.
Fox, A., (1975) `Attitudes to immigration: a comparison of data from the 1970 and 1974 general election surveys', New Community Vol. IV (2), Summer.
Miller, W., (1975) Series of articles on the special Scottish surveys, The Scotsman, October 10 and 12.
Sarlvik, B., et al, (1976) `Britain's membership of the EEC: a profile of electoral opinions in the spring of 1974 - with a postscript on the referendum', European Journal of Political Science Vol. 4 (1), March, pp.83-113.
Fox, A. and Alt, J., The reliability of occupational coding, paper presented to SSRC Seminar on Longitudinal Studies, Cambridge, March 1976.
Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., The erosion of partisanship 1964 - 1975, paper presented to the Political Studies Association Conference, Nottingham, March 1976.
Alt, J., Personal well-being and economic trends in Britain, paper presented to ECPR Workshop on Protest, Dissatisfaction and Change, ECPR Joint Sessions, Louvain-la-Neuve, April 1976.
Alt, J., Sarlvik, B. and Crewe, I., (1976) `Partisanship and policy choice: issue preferences in the British electorate, February 1974', British Journal of Political Science, 6(3), July.
Alt, J., Sarlvik, B. and Crewe, I., (1976) `Individual differences scaling and group attitude structures', Quantity and Quality, Vol.10, December.
Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1976) `The election of February 1974' IN R. Rose (ed.), Studies in British Politics, 3rd edition, London: Macmillan.
Crewe, I., Fox, A. and Alt, J., (1977) `Non-voting in British general elections 1966 - October 1974' IN C. Crouch (ed.), British Political Sociology Yearbook: Vol. III, Political Participation, London: Croom Helm.
Miller, W., (1977) `The connection between SNP voting and the demand for Scottish self government', The European Journal of Political Research, 5(1), March.
Crewe, I., Sarlvik, B. and Alt, J., (1977) `Partisan dealignment in Britain 1964 - 1974', British Journal of Political Science, 7(2), April.
Alt, J., Crewe, I. and Sarlvik, B., (1977) `Angels in plastic: Liberal support in 1974', Political Studies, 25(3), September.
Crewe, I. and Sarlvik, B., (1979) `The Conservative Party and the electorate', IN T.L. Henry (ed.), Conservative Party politics, London: Macmillan.
Alt, J.E., (1979) The politics of economic decline, Cambridge University Press.
Crewe, I.M. and Sarlvik, B., (1979) `Popular attitudes and electoral strategy' IN Z. Layton-Henry (ed.), Conservative Party politics, London: Macmillan.
Crewe, I.M., (1980) `Why the Conservatives Won', in H. Penniman (ed.), Britain at the Polls, American Enterprise Institute.
Crewe, I.M., Negative partisanship: some preliminary ideas using British data, Paper presented to European Consortium for Political Research, Florence, March, 1980.
Crewe, I.M., (1980) `Prospects for party realignment: an Anglo-American comparison' Comparative Politics, 12(4), July.
Crewe, I.M., The electoral decline of the Labour Party, paper presented to Conference on the Politics of the Labour Party, Nuffield College, Oxford, September 1980.
British Election Study, (1980) A comparison of respondent's characteristics with known population parameters, Technical paper 1980:1.
British Election Study, (1980) The British Election Study, May 1979 questionnaire, Technical paper 1980:2.
British Election Study, (1981) A description of surveys conducted by the BES Research Project, Technical paper 1981:1.
British Election Study, (1981) Questionnaire continuity guide, Technical paper 1981:2.
Crewe, I.M., (1981) `The Labour Party and the electorate', in D.A. Kavanagh (ed.), The politics of the Labour Party, London: Allen Unwin.
Sarlvik, B., Crewe, I.M., and Robertson, D., Why the parties were liked and disliked in the 1979 Election: an analysis of `Free Answer' survey data, paper presented to the Political Studies Association Conference, Hull, April 1981.
Crewe, I.M., Electoral Volatility in Britain Since 1945, paper presented to the European Consortium for Political Research, Lancaster, 1981.
Crewe, I.M., Party and the public, paper presented to the Hansard Society/American Enterprise Institute Conference on the Role of Political Parties, Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, May 1981.
Heath, A.F. and MacDonald, S-K., (1988) `The demise of party identification theory?' Electoral Studies, 7, pp.95-107.
Swaddle, K. and Heath, A. (1987) Official and reported turnout in the British General Election of 1987, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
Heath, A., (1991) Understanding political change : voting behaviour in Britain 1964-1987, Oxford: Pergamon.
Heath, A.F. and Pierce, R. (1992) 'It was party identification all along : question-order effects on reports of party identification in Britain' Electoral Studies, II.
Heath, A., et al, (eds.) (1993) Labour's last chance : the 1992 election and beyond, Aldershot: Dartmouth.
Heath, A., Jowell, R. and Curtice, J. (2001) The rise of New Labour: party policies and voter choices, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Brook, L. and Taylor, B. (1996) British Election Panel Study 1992-95: Interim technical notes, CREST Working Paper 41.
Taylor, B., Heath, A. and Lynn, P. (1996) The British Election Panel Study 1992-95: Response characteristics and attrition, CREST Working Paper 40.
Surridge, P. et al, (1998) `The Scottish electorate and the Scottish parliament' Scottish Affairs special issue.
Saggar, S. (ed.) (1998) Race and British electoral politics, London: UCL Press.
Thomson, K., Park, A. and Brook, L. (1999) British General Election Study 1997: Cross-section Survey, Scottish Election Study, and Ethnic Minority Election Study, London: National Centre for Social Research.
Sanders, D., Clarke, H., Stewart, M.C. and Whiteley, P. (2010) 'Simulating the effects of the Alternative Vote in the 2010 UK General Election', Parliamentary Affairs, 64(1), pp.5-23.
Whiteley, P., Clarke, H., Sanders, D., and Stewart, M.C. (2010) 'Government performance and life satisfaction in contemporary Britain', Journal of Politics, 27(3), pp. 733-746.
Whiteley, P., Clarke, H., Sanders, D., and Stewart, M.C. (2010) 'Do institutions really influence participation? Contextual influences on turnout and participation in the world’s democracies', International Journal of Market Research, 52(1), pp.21-42.
Whiteley, P., Clarke, H., Sanders, D., and Stewart, M.C. (2010) 'Polling and forecasting the General Election of 2010', International Journal of Market Research, 52(5), pp.687-691.
Sanders, D., Clarke, H., Stewart, M.C. and Whiteley, P. (2011) 'Downs, Stokes and the dynamics of electoral choice', British Journal of Political Science, 41(2), pp.287-314.
Whiteley, P., Clarke, H., Sanders, D., and Stewart, M.C. (2011) 'Britain says NO: Voting in the AV ballot referendum', Parliamentary Affairs, November, pp.1-22.
Clarke, H., Sanders, D., Stewart, M.C. and Whiteley, P. (2013) Campaigning for change – the dynamics of electoral choice in Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Resulting from secondary analysis:
Taylor-Gooby, P. (1987) `Welfare attitudes : cleavage, consensus and citizenship' The Quarterly Journal of Social Affairs, 3(3), pp.199-211.
Rabinowitz, G., Macdonald, S.E. and Listhaug, O., Competing theories of issue voting : is discounting the explanation?, paper prepared for delivery at the Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association, Washington DC, September 2-5 1993.
Baker, J.R. et.al., Looking at Legislatures : citizens' knowledge and perceptions of legislatures in Canada, Great Britain and the United States, paper prepared for delivery at the 16th International Congress of the International Political Science Association (RC8:2), Berlin, August 21-25 1994.
Baker, J.E. et al (1996) `Citizens' knowledge and perceptions of legislatures in Canada, Britain and the United States' The Journal of Legislative Studies, 2(2), pp.44-62.
Kobori, M. (1996) `A study on the North-South divide in Britain of 80s : with reference to the difference of Labour's votes between the North and South' Ryudai Law Review, 56, May, pp.72-104.
Bennett, S., Flickinger, R., and Rhine, S. Political talk - over here, over there and over time : a comparative analysis of who talks about politics in Britain and the United States, 1959-1994, paper presented to the International Society of Political Psychology meeting, Vancouver, June 30th-July 3rd 1996.
Evans, G. and Norris, P. (1999) Critical elections: British parties and voters in long-term perspective, London: Sage Publications.
Tunstall, H. et al (2000) 'Geographical scale, the 'feel-good factor' and voting at the 1997 general election in England and Wales' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 25, p.51-64.
Dardanelli, P. (2001) The Europeanisation of regionalisation: European integration and public support for self-government in Scotland 1979/1997, Queen's Papers on Europeanisation, No. 5/2001, London School of Economics.
Skrondal, A. and Rabe-Hesketh, S. (2003) 'Multilevel logistic regression for polytomous data and rankings' Psychometrika, 68(2), pp.267-287.
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.