Welcome to the web-site of Research Committee 17 on ‘Comparative Public Opinion’ of the International Political Science Association!

RC 17 was founded in 2011. The main objectives of this research committee are to plan, conduct and publish international-comparative research in political science and political sociology on the basis of comparative opinion surveys. The geographical area of ‘Comparative Public Opinion’ is North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eurasia and Europe.

Central theoretical and empirical fields are studies on political participation, support for democracy, meanings of democracy, mass belief systems, modernization and social change, political values, confidence in political institutions and etc. The members of the Executive Committee of RC 17 are world leading political scientists who coordinate such well-known global survey projects like the Global Barometer Survey (GBS), Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP), World Values Survey (WVS), European Social Survey (ESS) and International Social Survey Program (ISSP).

Members of the RC17 frequently organize international scientific conferences, workshops, summer schools and training. RC17 always holds a number of panels within the World Congress of International Political Science Association and other events. If you are interested in participation in the events organized by RC 17 and joining our research projects, please, send your name and contact details to the Chair of RC 17 Professor Christian W Haerpfer (c.w.haerpfer@gmail.com) and the Secretary of RC 17 Ms Kseniya Kizilova (ksenniya.kizilova@gmail.com)

We are looking forward to welcoming new members in the RC17!