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Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft. Der Sonderforschungsbereich 3 und seine langfristigen Auswirkungen


  • Wolfgang Glatzer


Das SPES-Projekt (Sozialpolitisches Entscheidungs- und Indikatorensystem) und der Sfb-3 (Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik) waren in den 70er Jahren bis zum Beginn der 90er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts in Deutschland zwei Pionierprojekte der empirischen Sozial- und Wirtschaftsforschung, die langfristig von der DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) gefördert wurden. Der hier vorgelegte Überblick unter der Überschrift „Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft“ behandelt vorwiegend soziologische Erträge; sie entstanden vor allem unter dem Einfluss von Wolfgang Zapf. Es handelt sich um Ansätze der Sozialberichterstattung, der Sozialindikatorenforschung, der Gesellschaftsanalyse, der Lebensqualitätsforschung und der Sozialpolitikforschung. In all diesen Ansätzen werden bevorzugt repräsentative Datensätze eingesetzt und insgesamt sind sie sowohl durch theoretische Grundlegung als auch empirische Fundierung gekennzeichnet. From the 1970s to the early 1990s, the SPES project investigating the foundations of the socio-political decision-making system in Germany (Sozialpolitisches Entscheidungs- und Indikatorensystem) and Sfb-3, the Collaborative Research Programme on the Microanalytical Foundations of Social Policy (Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik) were two pioneering projects for empirical social and economic research. Both of these received long-term funding from the DFG (German Research Foundation). The overview presented here, entitled “Long-term Social Monitoring,” focuses on the positive impacts SPES and Sfb-3 generated in the field of Sociology, which came about largely through the influence of Wolfgang Zapf. Both projects include approaches to social reporting, social indicator research, quality of life research, and social policy research. All these research approaches favor the use of representative datasets and are generally based on both theoretical and empirical foundations.

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  • Wolfgang Glatzer, 2010. "Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft. Der Sonderforschungsbereich 3 und seine langfristigen Auswirkungen," Working Paper Series of the German Council for Social and Economic Data 133, German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD).
  • Handle: RePEc:rsw:rswwps:rswwps133

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