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Participation in Zambia, 1974 (ICPSR 7589)

Principal Investigator(s): Jambrek, Peter


This data collection focuses on modes of political participation and social change in Zambia in 1974. It contains data gathered in a survey of 480 residents in the urban Lusaka District and 50 from two rural areas in the Eastern Province of Zambia, measuring political attitudes and participation at both a national and local level. The research builds upon the previous work of Sidney Verba and Norman H. Nie and is directly comparable to that found in the Yugoslav portion of POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND EQUALITY IN SEVEN NATIONS, 1966-1971 (ICPSR 7768), the cross-national study of the modes of political participation. The Zambian survey included questions dealing with respondents' knowledge of local and national officials and items dealing with the most important problems facing both the nation and local areas. Other questions probed what actions could be taken to effect change in a law or regulation and if respondents had ever engaged in such actions. Other items concerned the respondents' political activity (e.g., contact with ward councillor, community development officials, section chairman, priests, MPs, government party officials, other organization officials, and President Kuanda, as well as participation in area projects) and attitudes about activists, community development, and the responsibilities of citizenship. Respondents were also asked to what extent they used three information sources: newspapers, radio, and television. Standard demographic and personal information, such as sex, age, marital status, tribal affiliation, occupation, income, union membership, education, religion, and residence, is included.

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Study Description


Jambrek, Peter. Participation in Zambia, 1974. ICPSR07589-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1978. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07589.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07589.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • University of Zambia
  • University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Research Association of Slovenia

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    community development, community involvement, community participation, economic issues, political activities, political attitudes, political behavior, political efficacy, political issues, political participation, public opinion, social attitudes, social change, social problems

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Lusaka, Zambia, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1974

Date of Collection:   

  • 1974

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over residing in Lusaka and the Eastern Province, Zambia.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Stratified random sampling was done, and in each urban residential area (compound), quota sampling was performed. The research was conducted by 26 third- and fourth-year sociology students at the University of Zambia. They interviewed male and female respondents who reflected the sex composition ratio of the Lusaka urban population. They also included a fair representation of various age groups above 18 years old. The sampling units were streets except in more densely populated squatter compounds where the sampling units were sections. Personal interviews were conducted with 480 urban residents. Fifty interviews also were completed in two rural areas of the Eastern Province: Katete, and the Chipata District. In both cases, sampling was performed in a similar way as in the urban squatter compounds.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-06-20



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