Social Values: Salience and Consensus in 10 European Countries

English title: Social Values: Salience and Consensus in 10 European Countries

Author(s): H. Duarte - D. Lopes - Alice Ramos - Jorge Vala -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2005


In this presentation we analyse social values salience and consensus in Europe and whether they are predicted by individual and/or contextual variables. The analysis is based on data collected in the European Social survey 2002. We analyse the 10 basic values structure proposed by Schwartz, which can be summarized with two orthogonal dimensions: self-enhancement vs. self-transcendence (opposing power and achievement values to universalism and benevolence values) and openness to change vs. conservatism (opposing self-direction and stimulation values to security, conformity and tradition). The basic values structure proposed by Schwartz was found in several studies (e.g. Schwartz, 1992, 1994, 2003; Schwartz & Sagiv, 1995) and its measurement equivalence validated in 21 countries (e.g. Spini, 2003). The questions addressed are: a) Are there any differences in the salience of the 10 values across Europe?; b) What is the degree of value homogeneity across countries; c) What are the individual and contextual predictors of those values? Multilevel analysis will be performed in order to analyse the predictors of basic values salience and consensus. GDPpp will be used as contextual predictor.

Conference name: 1st Congress of the European Association for Survey Research

Location: Barcelona

Start date: Jul 18, 2005

Type: Paper

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