Survey of City Council Members in Large American Cities, 1982 (ICPSR 8655)

Published: Mar 5, 2007

Principal Investigator(s):
Susan Welch; Timothy Bledsoe

Version V1

This datafile consists of the responses to a mail questionnaire sent to randomly selected city council members in large American cities. The study was designed to explore the relationship between local political structure and the personal characteristics, representational styles, and policy perspectives of city council members. The respondents were asked questions about a broad variety of topics, such as factors influencing their decision to run for council, perceptions of sources of conflict within the council and community, the political structure of their city, and perceptions of how well they represent the variety of constituencies within the community. Background information, such as age, sex, political party, principal occupation, and highest level of education attained is also provided on each survey respondent.

Welch, Susan, and Bledsoe, Timothy. Survey of City Council Members in Large American Cities, 1982. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-05.

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National Science Foundation (8218189)

In order to preserve the confidentility of respondents, certain variables have been omitted from the datafile and codebook.

Stratified random sample.

City Council members in large American cities with populations between 50,000 and 1,000,000.

direct mail survey

survey data



2007-03-05 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files have been added to this data collection.


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