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Accounting for national tradition in data collection when creating an international database

TitleAccounting for national tradition in data collection when creating an international database
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsFalkenhagen, Frédéric
Conference Name1st European Conference on Comparative Electoral Research
Abstract

This paper aims at giving an overview of different European traditions in questionnaire design
and data documentation and their implications for international comparative research.
First the traditions of questionnaire development and revision will be assessed in four national
contexts.
After this overview this paper will more specifically analyse three typical cases of
international subjects rendered in national questionnaires from the most static to the freest.
Finally it will turn to the documentation of original data collection and their differing
traditions, their usefulness and dangers in secondary use with a special focus on the risks to
secondary analysts.
It will also briefly take an outlook into the long term trends and practices in documentation
and compare the recent efforts undertaken in international projects like the ESS to improve
documentation.

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