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Arms Control in the European Political Environment: French and German Elite Responses, 1964 (ICPSR 7274)

Principal Investigator(s): Deutsch, Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang), Yale University


This study collected data from 147 French and 173 German elite figures in order to investigate four significant aspects of French and West German politics relevant to the issue of arms control and disarmament in Western Europe. These four areas were domestic policy, foreign policy, European integration, and arms control and disarmament. The questions probed respondents' perceptions of the political system and its future, opinions on specific foreign policy issues and their relationship to domestic politics, the two Germanys question, national sovereignty versus international associations, European integration, and various nuclear strategies and arms control arrangements. Latent attitude structures were also measured. The "latent attitudes" questions tapped the respondents' interest in and emotional reactions to issues, perceptions of emotional reactions to professional roles and responsibilities, general ability to structure problems, open-mindedness, alienation, and feelings of competence. Biographical data, including standard demographic and personal information as well as data on party, military, and governmental backgrounds, were compiled from public records and interviews. Demographic variables cover age, sex, religious affiliation, level of education, military service, and past and present occupations.

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Study Description


Deutsch, Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang). Arms Control in the European Political Environment: French and German Elite Responses, 1964. ICPSR07274-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1972. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07274.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07274.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    arms control, career history, deterrence, disarmament, domestic policy, European unification, European Union, foreign policy, German reunification, government elites, leadership, national interests, nationalism, NATO, nuclear war, perceptions, political affiliation, political attitudes, political elites, political systems, voting history, world politics

Geographic Coverage:    Europe, France, Germany, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1964

Date of Collection:   

  • 1964 (France: June-July, Germany: May-October)

Universe:    French and German elites.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data, survey data


Sample:    The criteria for sample selection were position and reputation.

Data Source:

personal interviews and public records

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-03

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