Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Empirische Sozialforschung

JIT – Justice in Time (ISJP 4)

Attitudes on Intergenerational Justice and Sustainability

In 2006 the fourth wave of the International Social Justice Project (ISJP) was surveyed in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Israel. An identical additional survey was fielded in Chile in 2007 and in Hungary in 2008.


The actual study features the topic of justice in time in two respects: (1) The ISJP is well established as a major international data source for comparative justice research. To meet this requirement the core of the ISJP questionnaire has been replicated in identical form for the fourth time after 1991, 1996, and 1999/2000. This allows for trend analysis of justice attitudes and justice perceptions, their causes and consequences over 15 years. (2) The spectrum of the questionnaire has been expanded by the issue of distributions in time. This has been largely ignored in empirical justice research so far. Specifically, attitudes on intergenerational justice are analyzed. They relate to: perceptions of the demographic development, sustainability in public spending and social security, intergenerational exchange in the family, and environmental sustainability.


The fourth wave of the ISJP has enlarged the scope of participating countries to the Middle East and Latin America. Israel and Chile, and Spain are fielding the ISJP questionnaire for the first time, each providing a unique context that enriches the possibilities of comparative research.



Each participating country conducted a general population survey with random samples. Identical questionnaires have been used for face-to-face interviews. In addition to the usual questionnaire Germany, Chile, and Hungary accomplished a drop-down survey in vignette design.


To picture the three welfare state generations Germany used a disproportional survey design oversampling the generations before and after employment. Based on a registry office sample 3,059 interviews have been completed in Germany with about 1,000 randomly selected respondents in the age categories 18-34, 35-59, and 60-85 years.




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