Social Indicators Research

, Volume 91, Issue 3, pp 299–300 | Cite as


  • Nicolas SaugerEmail author

The European Social Survey has been a path-breaking innovation for survey research in Europe.1 Launched as a research infrastructure in the early 2000s, it has established itself as an international reference in its field thanks to its highest methodological standards in the context of comparative research. It was awarded the European Commission sponsored Descartes Prize in 2005 for its excellence as a research infrastructure. Since its inception, the survey has covered over thirty countries, among which over twenty have figured in all four of the rounds (one every 2 years) which were conducted from 2002 to 2008.

The publication output has been impressive in the 5 years since the first ESS dataset was released. Hundreds of papers, theses and books have been self-registered in the online bibliography.2Even so, the analysis of ESS data remains in its infancy. The ESS data aims to the most complete and best quality data across European countries: the challenge to researchers is analyse...


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  1. Jowell, R., Roberts, C., Fitzgerald, R., & Eva, G. (Eds.). (2007). Measuring attitudes cross-nationally: Lessons from the European Social Survey. London: Sage.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEVIPOF (Sciences Po—CNRS)ParisFrance

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