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The Impact of Values$
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Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294757

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294751.001.0001

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Electoral Participation

Electoral Participation

(p.441) 16 Electoral Participation
The Impact of Values

Sami Borg

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the relationship between value orientation and voting behaviour from an individual or micro perspective. Its primary aim is to evaluate, in the light of available data, the impact of two value orientations (materialist/post‐materialist and religious‐secular) on the decision to vote (without regard to the choice of party to vote for), and to compare this with the impact of traditional socio‐economic factors. The findings suggest that while post‐materialist values have little effect, at least some part of the decline in voter turnout is attributable to the weakening of religious orientations in Western Europe.

Keywords:   materialism, post‐materialism, religiosity, voting behaviour, Western Europe

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