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Modernization and Postmodernization


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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Changing Values and Changing Societies3Ch. 1Value Systems: The Subjective Aspect of Politics and Economics7Ch. 2Individual-Level Change and Societal-Level Change51Ch. 3Modernization and Postmodernization in 43 Societies67Ch. 4Measuring Materialist and Postmaterialist Values108Ch. 5The Shift toward Postmaterialist Values, 1970-1994131Ch. 6Economic Development, Political Culture, and Democracy: Bringing the People Back In160Ch. 7The Impact of Culture on Economic Growth216Ch. 8The Rise of New Issues and New Parties237Ch. 9The Shift toward Postmodern Values: Predicted and Observed Changes, 1981-1990267Ch. 10The Erosion of Institutional Authority and the Rise of Citizen Intervention in Politics293Ch. 11Trajectories of Social Change324App. 1A Note on Sampling: Figures A.1 and A.2343App. 2Partial 1990 WVS Questionnaire, with Short Labels for Items Used in Figure 3.2351App. 3Supplementary 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)357App. 4Construction of Key Indices Used in This Book389App. 5Complete 1990 WVS Questionnaire, with Variable Numbers in ICPSR Dataset393References431Index445

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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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Ronald Inglehart is Professor of Political Science and Program Director at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Among his books are The Silent Revolution: Changing Values and Political Styles among Western Publics and Culture Shift in Advanced Industrial Society, both published by Princeton University Press.


"[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

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