ISSP 1996 - Role of government III: Sweden

SND-ID: SND 0587

This study is part of the collection ISSP - International Social Survey Programme

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Stefan Svallfors - Umeå University, Department of Sociology


This survey is the Swedish part of the 1996 'International Social Survey Program'. Citizens' opinions were elicited on the function of their national governments and on what governments should and should not be doing. Respondents were asked whether they approved of economic policies such as wage and price controls, job creation programs, including public work projects, support for ailing private industries, and the forced reduction in the industrial work week, as well as conservative measures, such as reductions in government spending and business regulations. Government spending was another topic, with respondents questioned as to their support for greater spending on the environment, health care, police and law enforcement, education, military and defence, culture and the arts, old age pensions, unemployment benefits, and housing for the poor. A number of questions dealt with respondents' attitudes regarding democracy, political power, and protest. Respondents were asked for their views on the rule of law when it is in conflict with private conscience, various forms of anti-government protes

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Umeå University

Responsible department/unit

Department of Sociology

Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data


Method and time period

Unit of analysis


Individuals aged 18-74 years and residing in Sweden

Sampling procedure

Probability: Simple random

Time period(s) investigated


Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Lowest geographic unit

National area (NUTS2)

Highest geographic unit


Topic and keywords

Research area

Political behaviour and attitudes, Government, political systems and organisations (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Social Sciences, Sociology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)


Hjerm, M., & Svallfors, S. (1997) Åsikter om politiken och den offentliga sektorn : kodbok för maskinläsbar datafil. Umeå: Department of Sociology.

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Stefan Svallfors - Umeå University, Department of Sociology

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1996-02–1996-05
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Source of the data: Population group



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Published: 1997-01-01
Last updated: 2019-11-18