The volume addresses major features in empirical social research from methodological and theoretical perspectives. Prominent researchers discuss central problems in empirical social research in a theory-driven way from political science, sociological or social-psychological points of view. These contributions focus on a renewed discussion of foundations together with innovative and open research questions or interdisciplinary research perspectives.
Table of Contents
Samuel Salzborn, Eldad Davidov & Jost Reinecke
I. Theoretical Reflections
Uli Wagner et al.
Politics, evidence, treatment, evaluation, responsibility - The models PETER and PETER-S
The Research Program of the Rational Choice Approach
Critique as Premise
Values, Attitudes, and Behavior
Toward Refining the Theory of Basic Human Values
II. Methodological Developments
Jörg Blasius & Jürgen Friedrichs
Steffi Pohl & Rolf Steyer
Modeling traits and method effects as latent variables
The Empirical Study of Ethical Issues in Survey Participation
Mixture Models for Longitudinal Analysis
The Application of the Reasoned Action Approach to Survey Nonresponse
Joop J. Hox et al.
Multigroup and Multilevel Approaches to Measurement Equivalence
When are item intercept differences substantively relevant in measurement invariance testing?
The impact of response format on attitude measurement
III. Discrimination, Nationalism, and Authoritarianism
Sandra Legge & Wilhelm Heitmeyer
Anomia and Discrimination
Moshe Semyonov & Anastasia Gorodzeisky
Personal Threat, Collective Threat, and Discriminatory Attitudes
"Islamophobia" in France
Rebeca Raijman & Oshrat Hochman
Minority Views of Competition
Daniel Oberski, Wiebke Weber & Mélanie Révilla
The effect of individual characteristics on reports of socially desirable attitudes toward immigration
Anti-Semitism in Austria and Germany
Being Jewish in Germany: Fragments from the analysis of a second-generation Holocaust survivor
Aribert Heyder, Eldad Davidov & Peter Schmidt
'Ten years after' - authoritarianism and ethnocentrism in Germany, 1996 and 2006
Christian Seipel et al.
Authoritarianism Research and the Role of Socialization
Toni Toharudin et al.
Measuring Authoritarianism with Different Sets of Items in a Longitudinal Study
Jürgen Leibold & Steffen Kühnel
The Relationship of Religious Fundamentalism, Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, and Prejudice Against Homosexuals
IV. Identity Research
Eldad Davidov & Michael Braun
What do citizens expect from a democracy?
Nathaniel Beck & Athanassios Roussias
Turnout in new democracies
Emotions toward the nation
Rossalina Latcheva, Georg Datler & Eva Rossbacher
The Concept of European Identity: Overused and Underspecified?
European Identity as a Contrast or an Extension of National Identity?
Constructions of EU Europe and National EU Concepts
Christian Lüdemann & Christina Schlepper
The Role of Fear in the Surveillance State in Times of Terrorism
Culture of anxiety or culture of trust?
Jaak Billiet, Eva Jaspaert & Marc Swyngedouw
Diversity in the Relationship between Perceived Ethnic Threat, Islamophobia, and (sub)national identity in Belgium
Elmar Schlüter & Oliver Christ
How national identification enhances anti-immigrant prejudice
V. Social Structure
Yve Stöbel-Richter et al.
To what extent family planning can be seen as a rational decision making process?
Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik
Theoretical and Empirical Background for the Description of Residential Areas
Evidenced-based approach to program evaluation for the next generation in Sweden
Social inequality in German higher education during the 20th century
The Incidence of the Need for Personal Assistance and Care
A Plea for Subject-Oriented and Gender-Sensitive (Quantitative) Research in Industrial Sociology