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The Impact of Values

Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough


This book is the fourth in the ‘Beliefs in government’ series, and focuses on phenomena indicative of widespread change in the value orientations of citizens in Western Europe during the past two decades. These include a decline in religious belief, waning class values, and rising post‐materialism – along with environmentalism, feminism, and post‐modernism. The extent of these changes, and their impact on the conduct of politics, are the dual concerns of this book. Its first few chapters present a simple model of the relationship between value orientations and political participation, and foll ... More

Keywords: environmentalism, feminism, materialism, political processes, post‐modernism, religion, secularism, value orientation, Western Europe

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Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294757
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan W. Van Deth, editor
University of Mannheim
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Elinor Scarbrough, editor
University of Essex
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Part I Value Orientations and Value Change

2 The Concept of Values

Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough

4 Secularization and Church Religiosity

Wolfgang Jagodzinski and Karel Dobbelaere

Part II Value Orientations and Their Antecedents

7 Religious Cognitions and Beliefs

Karel Dobbelaere and Wolfgang Jagodzinski

8 Religious and Ethical Pluralism

Wolfgang Jagodzinski and Karel Dobbelaere

11 Postmodernism

John R. Gibbins and Bo Reimer

12 Status Tensions

Etienne Schweisguth

Part III The Impact of Values

14 Political Interest

Oscar W. Gabriel and Jan W. Van Deth

15 Grass‐Roots Activity

Peter Gundelach

17 Party Choice

Oddbjørn Knutsen

18 Cleavage Politics

Oddbjørn Knutsen and Elinor Scarbrough

Part IV In Conclusion

19 Perspectives on Value Change

Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough