British Election Study 2001/02
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The British Election Study for the 2001 general election, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council will be based at the University of Essex. The principal investigators are David Sanders, Paul Whiteley, Harold Clarke and Marianne Stewart.The Project: The British Election Study
The British Election Study (BES) has been conducted at every General Election since 1964. A team at the University of Essex has been awarded a contract by ESRC to oversee the collection of data for the 2001 General Election.
The BES covers the following main subject areas: Political preferences and values; economic perceptions; social attitudes; dispositions to engage in different forms of political activity; and individual and household socio-demographic characteristics.
The survey comprises four components:
The 2001/02 BES has two supplementary components. The first will involve constructing an aggregate, "ecological" data file, based on census and other data, which will describe the enumeration district-level, ward-level and constituency-level context for each of our panel survey respondents.
The second will involve conducting a content analysis of national press coverage of the election campaign. This analysis will result in the creation of a "campaign dataset" which will enable movements in opinion during the campaign to be related to press coverage of the campaign.
The Essex research team has considerable experience in designing and analysing survey data in the electoral politics field.
This experience includes the design of sampling frames, questionnaire design, negotiation with fieldwork agencies, data cleaning and data analysis. All four researchers have published work that makes use of past BES data.
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