Description - British Social Attitudes by Alison Park
'...an authoritative survey of social attitudes' - The Daily Telegraph
'The most comprehensive study of public opinion' - Financial Times
'...the annual survey of British social attitudes - a document arguably more
significant than the urban and rural white papers rolled together ...' - New Start
'...fascinating snapshot' - The Guardian
'...a highly-respected annual study' - Daily Mail
'...an indispensable tool not just for governments, but also for modern citizens to understand their fellows, and themselves better' - The Times Higher
The annual British Social Attitudes survey provides an indispensable guide to current political and social issues in contemporary Britain.
Compiled by Britain's largest independent social research institute, the National Centre for Social Research, it describes and reviews a broad range of current social attitudes and values derived from extensive nation-wide interviews.
This 20th Report summarizes and interprets data from the most recent survey and draws invaluable comparisons with findings of previous years.
The most comprehensive review of changing British social values available, the British Social Attitudes survey report is an essential reading for anyone seeking a guide to the topical issues and debates of today or engaged in contemporary social and political research.
Tom Sefton, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), London School of Economics
John Appleby The Kings' Fund
Arturo Alvarez-Rosete, The Kings' Fund
Ben Seyd, Constitution Unit
John Curtice, Strathclyde University
Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College Oxford
Rosemary Crompton, City University
Michaela Brockmann, City University
Dick Wiggins, City University
Catherine Rothan Oxford University
Anthony Heath, Oxford University
Alison Park , National Centre for Social Research
Paula Surridge, University of Bristol
Steve Fisher, Oxford University
John Curtice, Strathclyde University
Ian Christie, Local Futures Group
Sonia Exley, National Centre for Social Research
Catherine Bromley, National Centre for Social Research
Ted Wragg, Exeter University
Lindsey Jarvis, National Centre for Social Research
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Author Biography - Alison Park
Alison joined NatCen in 1991, after completing an M.Phil. in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her core areas of research are social, political and moral attitudes and values. As Head of Society and Social Change, Alison manages the team responsible for the British Social Attitudes Survey series. These annual surveys focus on people's attitudes towards a wide range of issues, and the results form the basis of an annual book, published by Sage. Alison is closely involved with the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), a cross-national study of social attitudes, and is the ESRC-funded UK Co-ordinator for the 2002 to 2012 rounds of the European Social Survey. She makes regular radio and television contributions concerning social trends, and was a member of the 2003 Fabian Society Commission on the Future of the Monarchy. John Curtice is a Research Consultant at the Scottish Centre for Social Research, Deputy Director of CREST, and Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University. Katarina Thomson is a freelance editor and a former Research Director at NatCen Catherine is involved in a number of ScotCen's studies with a particular focus on surveys. She has been director of the 2008-11 Scottish Health Survey and is involved in all stages of the project from questionnaire design through to reporting. The wide range of topics and policy areas covered in this one study make it a fascinating project to work on: from child obesity to adult dental health and alcohol consumption. As Deputy Director of ScotCen Catherine is also very involved in the day to day management of the organization, but maintains a strong involvement with projects, meaning that her research skills are put to good use regularly. Research interests Attitude formation Elections Governance and democracy