International Social Survey Programme

Role of Government

The ISSP Role of Government module series comprises four surveys conducted in 1985, 1990, 1996, 2006 and 2016. Successive surveys are always partial replications of earlier surveys.

ISSP Role of Government modules mainly deal with issues, such as attitudes towards government responsibilities and government spending, state intervention in the economy, civil liberties, political interest, trust and efficacy.

Please, note that ISSP Role of Government data (so far modules I-IV) is also available as a cumulated data file, allowing for cross-national analyses over time.


Bechert, Insa, and Markus Quandt. 2010. ISSP Data Report: Attitudes towards the Role of Government. GESIS Schriftenreihe Bd. 6. Bonn: GESIS.

Single variables from the ISSP ‘Role of Government’ modules are included in the ONBound project:

ONBound provides a cumulated international cross-survey database linked with country level indicators. It allows for extensive comparative analyses of national and religious identities with harmonized survey data from 280 survey waves and a time span of 50 years.

Participating countries





Argentina       X  
Australia X X X X X
Austria X        
Belgium         X
Bulgaria     X    
Canada     X X  
Chile       X X
Croatia       X X
Cyprus     X    
Czech Republic     X X X
Denmark       X X
Dominican Republik       X  
Finland       X X
France     X X X
Georgia         X
Germany X X X X X
Great Britain X X X X X
Hungary   X X X X
Iceland         X
India         X
Ireland   X X X  
Israel   X X X X
Italy X X X    
Japan     X X X
Latvia     X X X
Lithuania         X
Netherlands       X  
New Zealand     X X X
Northern Ireland   X   X  
Norway   X X X X
Philippines     X X X
Poland     X X  
Portugal       X  
Russia     X X  X
Slovakia       X X
Slovenia     X X X
South Africa       X X
South Korea       X X
Spain     X X X
Suriname         X
Sweden     X X X
Switzerland     X X X
Taiwan       X X
Thailand         X
Turkey          X
Uruguay       X  
Venezuela       X X