European Values

Trends and Divides Over Thirty Years


In sharp contrast to the popular belief that values are converging and becoming increasingly standardized, this book draws on the EVS surveys to show that Europe remains very diverse in terms of values orientations toward the major issues of everyday life. It also addresses how and in what direction values are actually changing, thus emphasizing the joint influence of key factors like secularization, economic development, the rise in educational attainment levels and the welfare state. Written by the team of political scientists and sociologists who are carrying out the EVS surveys in France, this books leads to the striking conclusion that increasingly individualized value systems do not necessarily mirror a more individualistic society.

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Pierre Bréchon, Professor Emeritus of political science at Sciences Po Grenoble-PACTE/CNRS (France). He is the coordinator of the team carrying out the European Values Survey (EVS) in France and is a member of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). He works on values, political behaviors and religious attitudes.

Associate Professor (PhD) at Sciences Po Grenoble-PACTE/CNRS (France), Frédéric Gonthier is the coordinator of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) in France and is a member of the European Values Survey (EVS). His current research focuses on attitudes toward government and economic liberalism in Europe.

"This thought-provoking book is a further reminder that the European Union generates a wealth of quantitative survey data from which social scientists can draw to better understand and guide Europe as a community of peoples."

Hélène B. Ducros, EuropeNow, June 2017
All graduate students and academics interested in comparative social studies, especially in the dynamics of opinion formation and in the differences in value systems across European countries.
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