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Correlational findings

Study Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ EU 9 1975

Public:
15+ aged, general public, EU 9 member states, Western Europe, 1975
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 12996
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Structured interview

Correlate

Authors's label
Coercion by government
Our Classification
Operationalization
Degree of government coercion rated on the basis of the following criteria:
1. the extent to which civil rights are
   violated;
2. the extent to which political      opposition is oppressed;
3. how undemocratic the policy is.
Data drawn from Feierabend & Feierabend (1972:160) and Bertrand (1981:195).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HV---sq-vt-3-a r = -.65 p < .05                   M happiness    Rate of govern-
                                 ment coercion
Great Britain        1.95             1.0
France               1.89             3.0
W-Germany            1.89             2.0
Italy                1.61             2.0
Belgium              2.27             2.0
The Netherlands      2.22             1.0
Luxembourg           2.03             2.0
Denmark              2.54             1.0
Ireland              1.88             1.0