Skip to main content Accessibility help

International public opinion surveys and public policy in Southern European democracies

  • Juan Sebastián Fernández-Prados (a1), Cristina Cuenca-Piqueras (a1) and María José González-Moreno (a1)


This article aims to analyse the presence of and relationship between the most relevant comparative social research thorough international surveys and public policies reflected in the different official bulletins or gazettes of the countries of southern Europe, specifically Spain, Portugal and Italy. Following a consideration of the process of globalisation of research through surveys, four surveys were selected (Eurobarometer, World Values Survey, International Social Survey Programme, European Social Survey). The complex relationships between public opinion and public policy were also addressed. Finally, it is concluded that the most prominent international surveys have little or no presence in public policies in the countries analysed.


Corresponding author

CONTACT Juan Sebastián Fernández-Prados


Hide All
Albig, W. (1957). Two decades of opinion study: 1936-1956. The Public Opinion Quarterly, 21(1), 1422.
Almond, G. A., & Verba, S. (1963). The civic culture political attitudes and democracy in five nations. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Bennett, S. E. (2017). Applying public opinion in governance The uses and future of public opinion in managing government. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-54696-4
Buchanan, W., & Cantril, H. (1953). How nations See each other. A study in public opinion. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
Burstein, P. (2003). The impact of public opinion on public policy: A review and an agenda. Political Research Quarterly, 56(1), 2940. doi: 10.1177/106591290305600103
Cantril, H. (1965). The pattern of human concerns. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Carballo, M., & Hjelmar, U. (2008). Public opinion polling in a globalized world. In Carballo, M., & Hjelmar, U. (Eds.) London: Springer.
Donsbach, W. (2012). The SAGE handbook of public opinion research. Los Ángeles: SAGE.
Donsbach, W. (2016). Public opinion polls. In Mazzoleni, G. (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of political communication (pp. 111). New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118541555.wbiepc113
Dunlop, C. A., & Radaelli, C. M. (2018). Policy learning and organizational capacity. In The palgrave handbook of public administration and management in Europe (pp. 595620). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55269-3_31
European Social Survey, . (2018). ESS8 – 2016 documentation report. The ESS data archive edition 2.0. Bergen: Norwegian Centre for Research Data.
European Union, . (2018). Public opinion in the european union. Standard eurobarometer 89 spring 2018. First results. Brussels: European Commission.
Fortin-Rittberger, J., Howell, D., Quinlan, S., & Todosijevic, B. (2016). Supplementing cross-national surveys with contextual data. In Wolf, C., Joye, D., Smith, T. W., & Fu, Y. (Eds.), The sage handbook of survey methodology (pp. 670679). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Geer, J. G. 2004). Public opinion and polling around the world: A historical encyclopedia. Santa barbara. California: ABC-CLIO.
Harkness, J. A., Braun, M., Edwards, B., Johnson, T. P., Lyberg, L., Mohler, P. P., & Smith, T. W. (2010). Survey methods in multinational, multiregional, and multicultural contexts. New Jersey: Wiley.
Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik, J. H. P., & Warner, U. (2014). Harmonising demographic and socio-economic variables for cross-national comparative survey research. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-7238-0
Inglehart, R., Haerpfer, C., Moreno, A., Welzel, C., Kizilova, K., Diez-Medrano, J., … Puranen, B. eds. (2014). World values wurvey: Round six - country-pooled datafile version: Madrid: JD Systems Institute
International Statistical Institute. (1984). World fertility survey: Major findings and implications. London: International Statistical Institute.
ISSP Research Group. (2018). International social survey programme: Role of government V - ISSP 2016. GESIS data archive, Cologne. ZA6900 Data file Version 1.0.0, doi: 10.4232/1.12994.
Johnson, T. P. (2015). Introduction: Cross-cultural issues in survey methodology. Public Opinion Quarterly, 79(S1), 211213. doi: 10.1093/poq/nfv010
Karp, J. A., & Vowles, J. (2016). Cross-National surveys and the comparative study of electoral systems. In Atkeson, L. R., & Alvarez, R. M. (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of polling and polling methods (pp. 129). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Klassen, T. R., Cepiku, D., & Lah, T. J. (2017). The routledge handbook of global public policy and administration. In Klassen, T. R., Cepiku, D., & Lah, T. J. (Eds.), London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Kruse, F., & Thestrup, J. B. (2017). Research data management - A European perspective. De Gruyter Saur. doi: 10.1007/s00103-015-2186-6.
Lagos, M., & Chu, Y. (2013). Globalized public opinion data: International comparative surveys and regional barometers. In Routledge handbook of international organization (pp. 106119). Abingdon: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203405345-16
Lippmann, W. (1922). Public opinion. Oxford, England: Harcourt, Brace.
Lupu, N., & Michelitch, K. (2018). Advances in survey methods for the developing world. Annual Review of Political Science, 21, 121. doi: 10.1146/annurev-polisci-052115-021432
Monroe, A. D. (1979). Consistency between constituency preferences and national policy decisions. American Politics Quarterly, 7(1), 319.
Monroe, A. D. (1998). Public opinion and public policy, 1980–1993: Review of the literature. Public Opinion Quarterly, 62(1), 628.
Norris, P. (2018). The globalization of compartive pubilc opinion research. In Robinson, N., & Landman, T. (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics (pp. 522540). London: Sage Publications. doi: 10.4135/9780857021083.n29
OECD. (2017). Behavioral insights and public policy: Lessons from around the world. Paris: OECD Publishing. doi: 10.1787/9789264270480-en
Ongaro, E., & Van Thiel, S. (2018). The palgrave handbook of public administration and management in Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55269-3
Ornauer, H., Wiberkg, H., Sicinski, A., & Galtung, J. (1976). Images of the world in the year 2000: A comparative ten nation study, Ornauer, H., Wiberg, H., Sicinski, A., & Galtung, J. (Eds.), Atlantic Highlands, N.J: Humanities Press.
Page, B. I., & Shapiro, R. Y. (1983). Effects of public opinion on policy effects of public opinion on policy. American Political Science Review, 77(1), 175190. doi: 10.2307/1956018
Rojas Tejada, A. J., Fernández Prados, J. S., & Pérez Meléndez, C. (1998). Investigar mediante encuestas. Síntesis, , Ed. Madrid: Síntesis.
Smith, T. W. (2015). Resources for conducting cross-national survey research. Public Opinion Quarterly, 79, 404409. doi: 10.1093/poq/nfv004
Smith, T. W., & Fu, Y. (2016). The globalization of surveys. In Wolf, C., Joye, D., Smith, T. W., & Fu, Y. (Eds.), The sage handbook of survey methodology (pp. 680692). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Soroka, S. N., & Wlezien, C. (2010). Degree of democracy: Politics public opinion, and policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Szalai, A., Petrella, R., & Rokkan, S. (1977). Cross-National comparative survey research: Theory and practice. Oxford: Pergamon Press.
Verba, S. (1971). Cross national survey research: The problem of credibility. In Vallier, I. (Ed.), Comparative methodologies (pp. 309356). Berkeley: University of California Press.
Verba, S., Nie, N. H., & Kim, J.-O. (1978). Political participation and equality. A seven-nation comparison (Vol. 21). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Walden, G. R. (2013). Public opinion polls and survey research. A selective annotated bibliography of U.S. Guides and studies from the 1980s. New York: Routledge.
Wlezien, C. (2017). Public opinion and policy representation: On conceptualization, measurement, and interpretation. Policy Studies Journal, 45(4), 561582. doi: 10.1111/psj.12190
Wlezien, C., & Soroka, S. N. (2016). Public opinion and public policy. In Thompson, W. R. (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of politics (pp. 120). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.74


International public opinion surveys and public policy in Southern European democracies

  • Juan Sebastián Fernández-Prados (a1), Cristina Cuenca-Piqueras (a1) and María José González-Moreno (a1)


Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.