Modernization and Postmodernization Cultural, Economic, and Political Change in 43 Societies

ISBN-10: 069101180X

ISBN-13: 9780691011806

Edition: 1997

Authors: Ronald Inglehart
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Description: Ronald Inglehart argues that economic development, cultural change, and political change go together in coherent and even, to some extent, predictable patterns. This is a controversial claim. It implies that some trajectories of socioeconomic change are more likely than others--and consequently that certain changes are foreseeable. Once a society has embarked on industrialization, for example, a whole syndrome of related changes, from mass mobilization to diminishing differences in gender roles, is likely to appear. These changes in worldviews seem to reflect changes in the economic and political environment, but they take place with a generational time lag and have considerable autonomy and momentum of their own. But industrialization is not the end of history. Advanced industrial society leads to a basic shift in values, de-emphasizing the instrumental rationality that characterized industrial society. Postmodern values then bring new societal changes, including democratic political institutions and the decline of state socialist regimes. To demonstrate the powerful links between belief systems and political and socioeconomic variables, this book draws on a unique database, the World Values Surveys. This database covers a broader range than ever before available for looking at the impact of mass publics on political and social life. It provides information from societies representing 70 percent of the world's population--from societies with per capita incomes as low as $300 per year to those with per capita incomes one hundred times greater and from long-established democracies with market economies to authoritarian states.

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/25/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Changing Values and Changing Societies
Value Systems: The Subjective Aspect of Politics and Economics
Individual-Level Change and Societal-Level Change
Modernization and Postmodernization in 43 Societies
Measuring Materialist and Postmaterialist Values
The Shift toward Postmaterialist Values, 1970-1994
Economic Development, Political Culture, and Democracy: Bringing the People Back In
The Impact of Culture on Economic Growth
The Rise of New Issues and New Parties
The Shift toward Postmodern Values: Predicted and Observed Changes, 1981-1990
The Erosion of Institutional Authority and the Rise of Citizen Intervention in Politics
Trajectories of Social Change
A Note on Sampling: Figures A.1 and A.2
Partial 1990 WVS Questionnaire, with Short Labels for Items Used in Figure 3.2
Supplementary Figures for Chapters 3, 9, and 10; Figures A.3 (Chapter 6), A.4-A.21 (Chapter 9), A.22-A.26 (Chapter 10), and A.27 (Chapter 11)
Construction of Key Indices Used in This Book
Complete 1990 WVS Questionnaire, with Variable Numbers in ICPSR Dataset
References
Index
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