Over three subsequent periods of funding, the GLES examines the German federal elections 2009, 2013, and 2017 and therefore will be able to track the German electoral process over an extended period of time and at an unprecedented level of detail.
Currently, the study is managed by Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim), Prof. Dr. Harald Schoen (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, ), Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels (Social Science Research Center Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf (GESIS).
In 2009, the study was launched by Prof. Dr. Hans Rattinger (University of Mannheim), Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (University of Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck (University of Mannheim) and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels (Social Science Research Center Berlin).
Funded by the German National Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and carried out in close cooperation with the DGfW, the proposed project comprises a major long-term effort in social science data collection in Germany. In its basic approach, scope and ambition it is inspired by the best programs of national election studies of the world, such as the American National Election Study (ANES), the British Election Study (BES), or the National Annenberg Election Study (NAES). It produces a wealth of data that is shared with the entire community of electoral researchers in Germany and other countries as well as all other interested social scientists.