Modernization, cultural change, and democracy by Ronald Inglehart and Christian Welzel. Published by Cambridge University Press. 2007 5th printing Paperback in fine condition.
What people want out of life is changing - their political goals, religious values, sexual norms, and economic motivations are being changed in roughly predictable ways. This book presents evidence of these changes from eighty nations, and explains the forces that are driving them. 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.