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Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence

Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy: The Human Development Sequence

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Ronald Inglehart
Cambridge University Press, 10/20/2005
EAN 9780521609715, ISBN10: 0521609712

Paperback, 344 pages, 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

This book demonstrates that people's basic values and beliefs are changing, in ways that affect their political, sexual, economic, and religious behaviour. These changes are roughly predictable: to a large extent, they can be interpreted on the basis of a revised version of modernisation theory presented here. Drawing on a massive body of evidence from societies containing 85 percent of the world's population, the authors demonstrate that modernisation is a process of human development, in which economic development gives rise to cultural changes that make individual autonomy, gender equality, and democracy increasingly likely. The authors present a model of social change that predicts how the value systems play a crucial role in the emergence and flourishing of democratic institutions - and that modernisation brings coherent cultural changes that are conducive to democratisation.

Part I. The Forces Shaping Value Change
1. A revised theory of modernization
2. Value change and the persistence of cultural traditions
3. Exploring the unknown
predicting mass responses
4. Intergenerational value change
5. Value changes over time
6. Individualism, self-expression, and civic virtues
Part II. Consequences of Value Change
7. The causal link between democratic values and democratic institutions
theoretical discussion
8. The causal link between democratic values and democratic institutions
empirical analyses
9. Social forces, collective action, and international events
10. Individual level values and system level democracy
the problem of cross-level analysis
11. Elements of a pro-democratic civic culture
12. Gender equality, emancipative values, and democracy
13. The Implications of human development
Conclusion
an emancipative theory of democracy.