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National Identity and Constitutional Change in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2001 and 2003

Title details

SN: 5249
Title: National Identity and Constitutional Change in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2001 and 2003
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5249-1
Depositor: Heath, A., University of Oxford. Department of Sociology
Principal investigator(s): Heath, A., University of Oxford. Department of Sociology
Jones, R. Wyn, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Studies
National Centre for Social Research
MacGinty, R., University of York. Department of Politics
Original data producer(s): National Centre for Social Research
Scottish Centre for Social Research
Jones, R. Wyn, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Studies
Heath, A., University of Oxford. Department of Sociology
Trystan, D., University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Politics
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: L219252018
Other acknowledgements: Catherine Rothon (Department of Sociology, University of Oxford) worked on the 2001 dataset and codebook.
Siana Glouharova (Department of Sociology, University of Oxford) worked on the 2003 dataset and codebook.

Citation

The citation for this study is:

Heath, A., Jones, R. Wyn, National Centre for Social Research, MacGinty, R. (2005). National Identity and Constitutional Change in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2001 and 2003. [data collection]. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Studies, University of Oxford. Department of Sociology, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Department of International Politics, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 5249, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5249-1

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Subject Categories

Government and political systems - Politics
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture

Abstract

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This dataset arises from the survey work undertaken by four closely co-ordinated projects, which were part of the Devolution and Constitutional Change research programme of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The principal aim of the projects was to establish whether initial reactions to the introduction of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland enhanced (or otherwise) the legitimacy of the United Kingdom and the new institutions themselves.

More specifically the projects aimed to find answers to the following questions:
  • Did the introduction of devolution change the distribution of national identity?
  • Did support for the UK political system rise or fall?
  • Were patterns similar or different across the four territories?
  • Can any changes that have occurred in national identity and so on be attributed to devolution or to other processes such as generational change?
There were in addition a number of country-specific issues, for example, support for regional government in England. The objective of the survey research was to provide a firm empirical basis on which to study these questions.

This dataset is derived from several existing sources:
  • British Social Attitudes Surveys, 2001 and 2003, produced by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)
  • Scottish Social Attitudes Surveys, 2001 and 2003, produced by NatCen and the Scottish Centre for Social Research
  • Wales Life and Times Study (Welsh Election Study), 2001 (held at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) under SN 4546), and Wales Life and Times Study (Welsh Assembly Election Study), 2003, (SN 5052), which were produced by the universities of Wales (Aberystwyth) and Oxford, and NatCen
  • Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2001 and 2003, produced by the Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive (ARK)
The copyright of the data taken from these surveys rests with the original producers (see copyright statement below).
Main Topics:
The dataset contains both common questions asked in all four territories in a standard form and territory-specific questions that are relevant to the particular context. There are over 30 common items, covering measures of national identity, national sentiment, attitudes towards the constitutional status of each of the four territories, measures of system efficacy, indicators of post-materialist attitudes and exposure to globalisation, knowledge of the settlement and perceptions of the costs and benefits of devolution. In addition, there is a comprehensive range of relevant demographic information about the respondents. Variable names and labels have been standardised in order to facilitate comparisons both across territories and over time.

Standard Measures:
Likert scales of social and political values: 'Left-right scale' (see variables 'leftrigh' and 'leftrigh1'), and 'Libertarian-authoritarian scale' (see variable 'libauth').

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: data were collected in 2001 and 2003 - see 'Abstract' section
Country: England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales
Spatial units: Council Areas
Local Authority Districts
Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Respondents to the surveys listed in the 'Abstract' section, resident in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, during 2001 and 2003. These data are 'cross-national' in the sense that the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish surveys were conducted in those locations only, although together with England the countries comprise the United Kingdom.
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Data were taken from repeated cross-sectional series
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample; Multi-stage stratified random sample
see documentation for individual study series for full details.
Number of units: 15,256 cases in the merged dataset
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
data taken from existing datasets
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details
Data sources: See 'Abstract' section above for details.

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ADULTSAFRICAAGE
ASIANSATTITUDESBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
BUSINESSESCENTRAL GOVERNMENTCONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGECONSTITUTIONSCRIME AND SECURITY
CULTURAL IDENTITYCULTURAL VALUESDECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT
DECISION MAKINGDEFENCEDEMOCRACY
ECONOMIC ACTIVITYECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATESEDUCATIONAL FEESEDUCATIONAL STANDARDS
ELECTIONSEMPLOYMENTENGLAND
ENGLANDEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAWETHNIC GROUPS
ETHNIC MINORITIESEUROPEAN UNIONFOOD SAFETY
FRAUDFREEDOM OF SPEECHGENDER
GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENTGOVERNMENT POLICYGREAT BRITAIN
GREATER LONDONINCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME TAX
INTERNET ACCESSINTERNET USEJUDGMENTS (LAW)
LABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)LAW ENFORCEMENTLEGISLATION
LEGISLATURELIBERAL DEMOCRATS (GREAT BRITAIN)LIVING ABROAD
LOCAL GOVERNMENTLOWER HOUSEMEDICAL INSURANCE
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENTMIDDLE CLASSMORAL VALUES
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALESNATIONAL ECONOMYNATIONAL IDENTITY
NATIONAL PRIDENATIONALISMNEWSPAPER READERSHIP
NEWSPAPERSNORTHERN IRELANDNORTHERN IRELAND
POLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL CHANGE
POLITICAL INFLUENCEPOLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL OPPOSITION
POLITICAL PARTICIPATIONPOLITICAL SYSTEMSPRICES
PRIVATE SECTORPUBLIC ENTERPRISESPUBLIC EXPENDITURE
QUALIFICATIONSREFERENDUMSREGIONAL ECONOMY
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTRELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCE
RENTED ACCOMMODATIONRESIDENTIAL MOBILITYSCHOOL DISCIPLINE
SCHOOLTEACHERSSCOTLANDSCOTLAND
SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTSECONDARY EDUCATIONSECONDARY SCHOOLS
SELF-GOVERNMENTSOCIAL ATTITUDESSOCIAL CLASS
SOCIAL INEQUALITYSOCIAL ISSUESSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
SOCIAL WELFARE EXPENDITURESOCIAL WELFARE PHILOSOPHYSPOUSES
STANDARD OF LIVINGSTATE HEALTH SERVICESSTATE RESPONSIBILITY
STUDENT LOANSTAXATIONTELEVISION NEWS
TIMETRADE UNIONSTRUST IN GOVERNMENT
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITSVOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATESVOCATIONAL EDUCATION
VOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING INTENTIONVOTING
WALESWALESWELSH (LANGUAGE)
WORKING CLASS

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 12 October 2005
Copyright: Copyright A. Heath, National Centre for Social Research, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, University of Oxford and ARK
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 of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User guide 5249userguide.pdf 1135
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5249_Information.htm 7
READ File read5249.htm 10

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Heath, A., Jarvis, L. and Rothon, C. (2002) 'English to the core?' in A. Park et al. (eds.) British Social Attitudes: the 19th report, London: Sage.

Curtice, J. and Sandford, M. (2004) 'Does England want devolution too?' in A. Park et al. (eds.) British Social Attitudes: the 21st report, London: Sage.

Heath, A., Rothon, C. and Jarvis, L. (2003) 'Government for the English regions? An examination of the basis of support for constitutional change' in C. Rallings et al. (eds.) British elections and parties review, 13, London: Frank Cass.

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