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Special Challenges of Sampling for Comparative Surveys

Siegfried Gabler Sabine Hder


Comparative social surveys have a long history. The beginning goes back to the mid of the last century with surveys such as ‘How nations see each other’ (Buchanan and Cantrill 1953) in 1948/1949. An impressive overview of such surveys based on population samples is given on the web site of the research data center for international survey programs at GESIS ( In the last decades a long process of amelioration and control of those surveys has taken place. In this chapter we will document the current state of the art concerning sampling for comparative surveys.

According to Lynn et al. (2006: 10) there are ...

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