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Hopes and Anxieties in Europe

Six Waves of the European Social Survey

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Edited By Paweł B. Sztabiński, Henryk Domański and Franciszek Sztabiński

The present collection of articles is based on data from the European Social Survey (ESS) and analyses the changes in European societies. The first part of the volume is devoted to relations between legitimization, subjective well-being, voting patterns, and the role of social cohesion in determination of political culture. The second part addresses methodological questions designed to quantify the reliability and validity of certain measures in interviews, coverage errors, measurement errors, and non-response, as well as the understanding of questions in multi-country surveys in the context of the comparability between countries.
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2. Subjective personal and social well-being in European countries

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2.1 Introduction

This paper presents a comparative analysis of subjective well-being in the countries taking part in the European Social Survey (ESS) in 2012, and of changes to the level of subjective well-being in comparison to those in 2006. In the analysis the definition and the structure of subjective well-being proposed by the authors of the ESS Well-being Module (Huppert et al. 2009; Huppert et al. 2013) was assumed.

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