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Piurko, Yuval; Schwartz, Shalom H.; Davidov, Eldad (2011). Basic personal values and the meaning of left-right political orientations in 20 countries. Political Psychology, 32(4):537-561.

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Abstract

This study used basic personal values to elucidate the motivational meanings of ‘left’ and
‘right’ political orientations in 20 representative national samples from the European Social
Survey (2002-3). It also compared the importance of personal values and socio-demographic
variables as determinants of political orientation. Hypotheses drew on the different histories,
prevailing culture, and socio-economic level of 3 sets of countries—liberal, traditional and post-communist. As hypothesized, universalism and benevolence values explained a left orientation in both liberal and traditional countries and conformity and tradition values explained a right orientation; values had little explanatory power in post-communist countries. Values predicted political orientation more strongly than socio-demographic variables in liberal countries, more weakly in post-communist countries, and about equally in traditional countries.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
DDC:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Values, Left-Right, Political Orientations, Liberal, Traditional, Post-Communist Countries
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:16 Jun 2011 09:01
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 18:00
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0162-895X
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9221.2011.00828.x
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 18
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Scopus®. Citation Count: 19

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