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

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Overview

"This latest book by Ronald Inglehart represents another path-breaking advance in his three-decade-long exploration of cultural change in contemporary societies. Few scholars are as adept as Inglehart in weaving together a broad vision of historical change and a fine-grained analysis of survey results into a coherent account of how the world is changing around us."--Robert D. Putnam, author of Making Democracy Work

"Inglehart's new book analyzes the most encompassing dataset on political values and orientations ever collected, in order to assess cultural theories of political and economic change. His well-understood (and subtly reinterpreted) version of modernization theory will draw throngs of critics, as did Inglehart's previous works. But he provides clinching evidence for a logic of cultural development that even his toughest critics can not ignore."--Herbert Kitschelt, Professor of Political Science, Duke University

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Editorial Reviews

Comparative Politics - Stephen E. Hanson
Ronald Inglehart is one of the very few scholars to have remained consistently engaged with both the study of political culture and the development of modernization theory over the past few decades. In Modernization and Postmodernization, he presents the cumulative results of decades of research on the interrelationships among cultural values, democracy, and capitalism. His findings are consistently thought-provoking and often surprising and should inspire prolonged and productive controversy. . . . Overall, Inglehart's fascinating book raises tantalizing questions about the long-term trajectory of value change in modern society.
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"[This is] Inglehart's most convincing demonstration of the theory of intergenerational value change, the cornerstone of his scholarship. . . . With data from 43 societies collected over nearly three decades, and representing 70 percent of the world's population . . .the analysis of Inglehart's unprecedented comparative dataset is nuanced, sophisticated, and certain to stimulate the kind of criticism that will deepen our understanding of social change."--The Review of Politics

"Ronald Inglehart is one of the very few scholars to have remained consistently engaged with both the study of political culture and the development of modernization theory over the past few decades. In Modernization and Postmodernization, he presents the cumulative results of decades of research on the interrelationships among cultural values, democracy, and capitalism. His findings are consistently thought-provoking and often surprising and should inspire prolonged and productive controversy. . . . Overall, Inglehart's fascinating book raises tantalizing questions about the long-term trajectory of value change in modern society."--Stephen E. Hanson, Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics
Ronald Inglehart is one of the very few scholars to have remained consistently engaged with both the study of political culture and the development of modernization theory over the past few decades. In Modernization and Postmodernization, he presents the cumulative results of decades of research on the interrelationships among cultural values, democracy, and capitalism. His findings are consistently thought-provoking and often surprising and should inspire prolonged and productive controversy. . . . Overall, Inglehart's fascinating book raises tantalizing questions about the long-term trajectory of value change in modern society.
— Stephen E. Hanson
The Review of Politics
[This is] Inglehart's most convincing demonstration of the theory of intergenerational value change, the cornerstone of his scholarship. . . . With data from 43 societies collected over nearly three decades, and representing 70 percent of the world's population . . .the analysis of Inglehart's unprecedented comparative dataset is nuanced, sophisticated, and certain to stimulate the kind of criticism that will deepen our understanding of social change.
Comparative Politics
Ronald Inglehart is one of the very few scholars to have remained consistently engaged with both the study of political culture and the development of modernization theory over the past few decades. In Modernization and Postmodernization, he presents the cumulative results of decades of research on the interrelationships among cultural values, democracy, and capitalism. His findings are consistently thought-provoking and often surprising and should inspire prolonged and productive controversy. . . . Overall, Inglehart's fascinating book raises tantalizing questions about the long-term trajectory of value change in modern society.
— Stephen E. Hanson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691011806
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/5/1997
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Changing Values and Changing Societies 3
Ch. 1 Value Systems: The Subjective Aspect of Politics and Economics 7
Ch. 2 Individual-Level Change and Societal-Level Change 51
Ch. 3 Modernization and Postmodernization in 43 Societies 67
Ch. 4 Measuring Materialist and Postmaterialist Values 108
Ch. 5 The Shift toward Postmaterialist Values, 1970-1994 131
Ch. 6 Economic Development, Political Culture, and Democracy: Bringing the People Back In 160
Ch. 7 The Impact of Culture on Economic Growth 216
Ch. 8 The Rise of New Issues and New Parties 237
Ch. 9 The Shift toward Postmodern Values: Predicted and Observed Changes, 1981-1990 267
Ch. 10 The Erosion of Institutional Authority and the Rise of Citizen Intervention in Politics 293
Ch. 11 Trajectories of Social Change 324
App. 1 A Note on Sampling: Figures A.1 and A.2 343
App. 2 Partial 1990 WVS Questionnaire, with Short Labels for Items Used in Figure 3.2 351
App. 3 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) 357
App. 4 Construction of Key Indices Used in This Book 389
App. 5 Complete 1990 WVS Questionnaire, with Variable Numbers in ICPSR Dataset 393
References 431
Index 445
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