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British Election Studies Information System, 1966-2010

Title details

SN: 5860
Title: British Election Studies Information System, 1966-2010
Alternative title: BESIS
Depositor: London Metropolitan University. Department of Law, Governance and International Relations. Centre for Comparative European Survey Data
Principal investigator(s): London Metropolitan University. Department of Law, Governance and International Relations. Centre for Comparative European Survey Data
Sponsor(s): London Metropolitan University. Department of Law, Governance and International Relations. Centre for Comparative European Survey Data
Other acknowledgements: The British Election Studies Information System (BESIS) includes data from the post-election British Election Study (BES) surveys from 1966 to 2010. Over time, the BES has been conducted by a number of Principal Investigators and centres. Many studies in the BES series are held as separate studies at the UK Data Archive, and further information about them may be found under GN 33066.

Citation

The citation for this study is:

London Metropolitan University. Department of Law, Governance and International Relations. Centre for Comparative European Survey Data. (2008). British Election Studies Information System, 1966-2010. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5860, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5860-1

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Subject Categories

Election and campaign studies - Politics
Election returns - Politics
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics

Abstract

Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The British Election Studies Information System (BESIS) website provides a facility for online analysis and download of British Election Study (BES) data, including mapping of election results by constituency. The BESIS site has been developed and is maintained by the Centre for Comparative European Survey Data (CCESD), based at London Metropolitan University. The site currently contains post-election BES surveys from 1966-2010.

The BES survey questions are fully searchable within BESIS and are linked to both the data and the original questionnaires. Where possible, time series questions have been mapped together. Registration is required to use BESIS and once registered, users may undertake a range of analysis, including recoding, merging and subsetting of data and basic statistical testing. Further information, including registration facilities, may be found on the BESIS website.

Main Topics:
Data in the BESIS system cover: attitudes and values; demographic data; elections; policies and issues; and political parties. Election results by constituency are also available.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1966 - 2010
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Observation units: Individuals
Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Respondents to BES surveys.
Time dimensions: BESIS is constructed from the BES and election returns.
Sampling procedures: See BESIS system for details.
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
See individual BES studies for details of data collection.
Weighting: See BESIS for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 03 November 2008
Copyright: Copyright BESIS. Copyright for the original BES data resides with the original producers.
Access conditions: See the BESIS website for details of access and registration.
Availability: These data are available from a service other than UK Data Service
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