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Study Report

Study Number: KC-505-003-1-1-Netherlands-ICPSR-1971

Subject Area: Election Returns

Bibliographic Citation: Dutch parliamentary election studies data source book, 1971-1989.  [machine-readable data file] / Horstman, Raymond,  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6744

Date Accessioned: 5/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 6

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Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/1/1997

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Abstract: The main purpose of this data collection was to provide directly accessible information on change and stability of electoral behavior and political orientation in the Netherlands. This dataset is a compilation of common core variables included in the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies of 1971, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1989. However, several of the election studies consist of pre-election interviews as well as post-election interviews. Hence, the criteria for selecting the waves and variables were: (1) the waves and variables included in the integrated dataset should be as representative as possible of the Dutch electorate, (2) if a variable was not available in the first wave of a study, it was taken from the second wave or the third wave, (3) all variables included at least twice in the 1981, 1982, 1986, and 1989 studies were included in the integrated dataset, and (4) if necessary, selected variables were recoded and converted to facilitate longitudinal analyses. The major areas of study focus on national problems, political efficacy, perceived stand of the main political parties on important political issues, view of religion in society, satisfaction with government, social participation, voting behavior in recent elections, left-right self-rating, left-right rating of political parties, sense of civic competence, civic political participation, legitimacy of social protest and government reaction, political distrust, and political cynicism. Respondents' views on other salient political and social issues, such as abortion, nuclear energy, differences in income, and nuclear armaments, were also elicited.

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