Comparative Empirical Analysis of Cultural Values and Perceptions of Political Economy Issues

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Research Purpose, Procedures, and Demographics

INTRODUCTION

This research project analyzes people's cultural, family, and workplace values and their perceptions of various political economy issues in eight countries with different socioeconomic and political systems. In addition, the demographics of respondents and of participating countries are analyzed as they relate to people's values and attitudes. This extensive multicultural information provides important insights about significant differences in people's values and their perceptions of major socioeconomic and political issues at the local, national, and international levels. The research data are analyzed from multidisciplinary perspectives in that the research group consists of scholars from a number of disciplines. Moreover, these scholars represent different socioeconomic and political systems.

The sample data primarily include values and perceptions of issues of university students representing multiple disciplines, although in selected countries, a smaller sample of data, relating to industry and government personnel, is included. A profile of respondents is analyzed for possible relationships between values and demographic attributes. Also, possible relationships between people's values and their perceptions of issues are explored.

The group of faculty scholars from each participating country analyzed all of the responses and developed preliminary observations about the data relating to their own country's respondents, as well as respondents from each of the other countries. These separate observations were discussed at several meetings of the total research group, and the general results of these discussions are reflected in this book.

This research is important for two major reasons. One, a large amount of empirical data is compiled and analyzed about people's values

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Foreword xv
  • Preface xvii
  • 1 - Overview of Cultural Values 1
  • Introduction 1
  • 2 - Research Purpose, Procedures, and Demographics 17
  • Introduction 17
  • 3 - Profile of Individualism Values 33
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 61
  • 4 - Profile of Collectivism Values 69
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 86
  • 5 - Profile of Value Priorities 91
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 101
  • 6 - Profile of Organizational Issues 105
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 123
  • 7 - Profile of National Issues 127
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 142
  • 8: Profile of International Issues 145
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 176
  • 10 - Socioeconomic and Political Tenets 181
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 192
  • 11 - Relationships Between Values and Perceptions of Issues 195
  • SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 206
  • Appendix 11a - Significance Levels for T-Ratios 211
  • 12 - Summary, Conclusions, and Future Directions for Research 229
  • Bibliography 243
  • Index 253
  • About the Author 258
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