The Asian Values Thesis Revisited: Evidence from the World Values Surveys

  title={The Asian Values Thesis Revisited: Evidence from the World Values Surveys},
  author={Christian Welzel},
  journal={Japanese Journal of Political Science},
  pages={1 - 31}
  • C. Welzel
  • Published 21 February 2011
  • Economics, Sociology
  • Japanese Journal of Political Science
Abstract The thesis that ‘Asian’ cultures oppose the ‘Western’ emphasis on emancipative values and liberal democracy has mostly been criticized for its political instrumentality. By contrast, the empirical claim about most Asians’ dismissal of emancipative values and liberal democracy has not been tested on a broadly cross-cultural basis. Filling this gap, this article uses data from the World Values Surveys to put the values of Asian populations into global perspective. As a result, the… 
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