Human Values and Social Change: Findings from the Values Surveys


This book presents findings based on a unique source of insight into the role of human values--the World Values Survey and the European Values Survey, covering 78 societies containing over 80 per cent of the worlds population. The findings reveal large and coherent cross-national differences in what people want out of life. Four waves of surveys, from 1981 to 1999-2001, reveal the impact of changing values on societal phenomena. Evidence from eleven Islamic societies demonstrates that a distinctive Islamic culture exists-but the democratic ideal is endorsed overwhelmingly. Other analyses examine Gender Equality and Democracy; Corruption and Democracy; Social Capital in Vietnam; the Clash of Civilization; political satisfaction in global perspective; Trust in International Governance; and Israeli and South African values.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Pippa Norris
  • Ronald Inglehart
  • Yilmaz Esmer
  • Mansoor Moaddel
  • Taohi Azadarmaki
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2003


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