The Impact of Values

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorJan W. Van Deth, Elinor Scarbrough

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A decline in religious belief, waning class values, rising postmaterialism, along with green values, feminism, and postmodernism - all these phenomena are indicative of widespread change in value orientations among West European citizens during the last two decades. The extent of these changesand their impact on politics are the dual concerns of this volume. The first chapters present a simple model of the relationship between value orientations and political participation, and follow this up with an account of how value orientations can be identified empirically. Subsequent chapters draw on a vast data set from across Europe over the last two decadesto track changes in three central value orientations - religious-secular, left-right materialism, materialism-postmaterialism - as well as the emergence of feminism, postmodernism, and green orientations. The third part of the volume examines the impact on the three central orientations onpolitical efficacy, political trust, interest in politics, voting, and involvement in new social movements. The volume concludes with an assessment of the effects of changing value orientations for government in advanced industrial societies. A Choice `Outstanding Academic Book of the Year'. Series description This set of five volumes is an exhaustive study of beliefs in government in post-war Europe. Based upon an extensive collection of survey evidence, the results challenge widely argued theories of mass opinion, and much scholarly writing about citizen attitudes towards government and politics. Theseries arises from a research project sponsored by the European Science Foundation.Reviews of the series: `The quality of the empirical analysis is consistently high...[an] important collection of empirical studies addressing the debate about the "crisis of representation" in Europe,' Journal of Public Policy `These volumes contain the work of many of the most important scholars in the field of public opinion in Europe today...These five volumes represent a major contribution to comparative politics, especially the study of mass politics. The chapters provide a wealth of information about publicopinion in contemporary Europe and the relationship between state and society...The volumes clearly will be read by all students of European politics...' Times Educational Supplement `The Beliefs in Government series is a monumental achievement. It tells us at least everything we want to know about the structure of European public opinion'. The Good Society Reviews of The Impact of Values: `The Impact of Values does not disappoint. Meticulously organized chapters ensure that this is a volume which can either be read comfortably from cover to cover, or dipped into at leisure'. Democratization ` a well-integrated and informative account of the subject...a painstakingly-crafted and meticulously researched exercise which will stand as a major reference work for many years to come...' Political Studies

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A decline in religious belief, waning class values, rising postmaterialism, along with green values, feminism, and postmodernism - all these phenomena are indicative of widespread change in value orientations among West European citizens during the last two decades. The extent of these changesand their impact on politics are the dual c...

Jan W. Van Deth is at University of Mannheim. Elinor Scarbrough is at University of Essex.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Jan W Van Deth: Introduction: The Impact of Values2. Jan W Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough: The Concept of Values3. Jan W Van Deth: A Macro-setting for Micro-politics4. Wolfgang Jagodzinski and Karel Dobbelaere: Secularization and Church ReligiosityPART II: Value Orientations and their Antecedents5. Elinor Scarbrough: Materialist-Postmaterialist Value Orientations6. Oddbjorn Knutsen: Left-Right Materialist Value Oreintations7. Karel Dobbelaere and Wolfgang Jagodzinski: Religious Cognitions and Beliefs8. Wolfgang Jagodzinski and Karel Dobbelaere: Religious and Ethical Pluralism9. Carina Lundmark: Feminist Political Orientations10. Masja Nas: Green, Greener, Greenest11. John Gibbins and Bo Reimer: Postmodernism12. Etienne Schweisguth: Status TensionsPART III: THE IMPACT OF VALUES13. Oscar W Gabriel: Political Efficacy and Trust14. Oskar W Gabrial and Jan W Van Deth: Political Interest15. Peter Gundelach: Grass-Roots Activity16. Sami Borg: Electoral Participation17. Oddbjorn Knutsen: Party Choice18. Oddbjorn Knutsen and Elinor Scarbrough: Cleavage PoliticsPART IV: IN CONCLUSION19. Jan W Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough: Perpsectives on Value Change

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`a well-integrated and informative account of the subject ... Indeed, as this reviewer worked through the book ... a strong admiration for the sheer effort involved came to mind ... It is a painstakingly-crafted and meticulously researched exercise which will stand as a major reference workfor many years to come ... a very notable achievement of scholarship which will stand as a major accomplishment in the field of value research.'George Moyser, University of Vermont, Political Studies (1997) XLV