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Conceptualizing value change - Different approaches tested in Switzerland


Safi, K (2009). Conceptualizing value change - Different approaches tested in Switzerland. In: Congrès AFSP 2009, Grenoble, 7 September 2009 - 9 September 2009, 1-27.

Abstract

The political space in Western Europe in general, and in Switzerland in particular, is said to be best reflected by a two-dimensional space with a cultural and an economic dimension as proposed by Lipset and Rokkan. However, since the end of 1960 it has been challenged by a value change when new issues of gender equality, environmental protection, pacifism and liberal civil rights appeared on the political agenda. Inglehart, Flanagan, Kitschelt and Kriesi try to explain the same phenomenon of value change, but they differ substantially in terms of the value concepts they use. This paper argues that the value concepts of the ‘new social movement’ values refer indeed to the same underlying change. However, the paper will also show that the extent to which the value concepts consistently capture the same type of change depends on individual political knowledge, change over time, and on the regional culture into which individuals are embedded.

The political space in Western Europe in general, and in Switzerland in particular, is said to be best reflected by a two-dimensional space with a cultural and an economic dimension as proposed by Lipset and Rokkan. However, since the end of 1960 it has been challenged by a value change when new issues of gender equality, environmental protection, pacifism and liberal civil rights appeared on the political agenda. Inglehart, Flanagan, Kitschelt and Kriesi try to explain the same phenomenon of value change, but they differ substantially in terms of the value concepts they use. This paper argues that the value concepts of the ‘new social movement’ values refer indeed to the same underlying change. However, the paper will also show that the extent to which the value concepts consistently capture the same type of change depends on individual political knowledge, change over time, and on the regional culture into which individuals are embedded.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:9 September 2009
Deposited On:17 Dec 2009 14:46
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:35
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-24567

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