Modernization, cultural change, and the persistence of traditional values.

  title={Modernization, cultural change, and the persistence of traditional values.},
  author={Ronald F. Inglehart and Wayne E. Baker},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
Modernization theorists from Karl Marx to Daniel Bell have argued that economic development brings pervasive cultural changes. But others, from Max Weber to Samuel Huntington, have claimed that cultural values are an enduring and autonomous influence on society. We test the thesis that economic development is linked with systematic changes in basic values. Using data from the three waves of the World Values Surveys, which include 65 societies and 75 percent of the world's population, we find… 

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