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European Values conference 9-11 May 2022

The European Values Conference 2022: A look at the past, present and futures is taking place in Brussels/Tilburg on May 9th-11th, 2022.

The program includes two topical moments: on Monday 9th, the new Atlas of European Values will be presented to Robert de Groot, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the European Union (Livestream via https://youtu.be/btputyTdYdw) . On Tuesday at 16:30, we will celebrate Loek Halman’s retirement with a keynote lecture by David Voas (Livestream via https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/campus/live-broadcast/auditorium). In addition, some other keynote events are livestreamed.

Please see blow the full program. For further information, please consult the event webpage.

The EVS community mourns the death of Dr. Olga Balakireva

It is with deep sadness that we learn that Dr. Olga Balakireva passed away after long illness. Dr Balakireva has been the Principal Investigator for Ukraine at the European Values Study and at the World Values Survey for over 25 years. Dr Balakireva has facilitated conducting the very first wave of value studies in Ukraine back in 1996 and supported implementation of both research programs in Ukraine since then. Thanks to her constant support, Ukraine has participated in WVS-EVS survey rounds in 1995-1998, 2000-2004, 2005-2008, 2011-2014 and most recently in 2017-2022.

In addition to her committment to the EVS/WVS survey programmes, Dr Balakireva was president of the Board of the Ukrainia Institute for Social Research, Director of the Center for Social Monitoring, Editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian society Magazine, Head of the Department for Monitoring Research of Socio-Economic Transformations of the Institute of Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Dr Balakireva was an experienced researcher, a dear colleague who will be deeply missed. The EVS community expresses condolences to the family and friends.

Time for error reporting

Dear EVS Community and EVS Data User,

The EVS team is preparing another, and likely final, update to the data files of the EVS 2017 wave (which will include data from Latvia and Ukraine not previously integrated). We intend to release this in late spring 2022.

We would like to use the opportunity to document and fix any problems or errors that you may have discovered with the latest previous data release.

So, if you have come across any problems with the most recent releases, please let us know about that at evsservice@gesis.org within the next two weeks.

Statement on the armed invasion of Ukraine

The European Values Study is shocked by the Russian armed invasion of Ukraine. We include partners from all European countries, including Ukraine and Russia, in our research programme on values in Europe. We can testify to the benefits of peaceful cooperation. We are horrified by the violation of international treaties, the needless loss of Ukrainian and Russian lives, and the tragic consequences for our European homeland. We are in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and all those affected by this senseless war.

Let reason and human values prevail!

The European Values Study

EVS Webinar Series

The EVS Webinar Series is a regular activity aimed at offering occasions for scientific exchange among values scholars. The focus of the series is the discussion over topical issues related to European values.

The first EVS webinar “Values, Polarization, and Cultural Backlash?” focuses on polarization of democratic values, political trust and political values orientations and takes place on March 4th, 2022 at 14 CET.

Our speakers are Prof. Frédéric Gonthier, presenting his recently published paper (with Tristan Guerra): How Party Polarization Shapes the Structuring of Policy Preferences in Europe and Dr. Marlene Mauk, presenting her paper Rebuilding Trust in Broken Systems? Populist Party Success and Citizens’ Trust in Democratic Institutions. Read more about this webinar here.

The discussion will be chaired by Morten Frederiksen.

The EVS Webinar Series is organized by Morten Frederiksen, Vera Lomazzi, Natalia Soboleva

To participate, you need to register: Fill this form by March 3rd.

EVS Bibliography 2022

The new edition of the EVS Bibliography, edited by the team at GESIS, has been now published.

The updated version includes 2823 publications based on EVS data:

1506 Journal Articles

  324 Books

 630 Book Chapters

    64 Conference Papers

    71 Dissertations

    64 Master’s Theses

  153 Working Paper

    20 Miscellaneous

Is your EVS publication not in the EVS Bibliography?
Please send us an email at evs.bibliography@gesis.org with the bibliographic information on your publication (title, author(s), year of publication, journal or publisher, online resources).

Improving Measurements by Survey Infrastructures Synergies

Vera Lomazzi will present her work on the topic: “Improving Measurements by Survey Infrastructures Synergies: Insights from the Revised Gender Role Attitudes Scale in the European Values Study 2017” at the next regular seminar of the Ronald F. Inglehart Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, which will be held as a Zoom session on February, 10 at 16-30 p.m. (GMT+3). 

A link to Zoom session is available by request via natsobol@gmail.com.

Abstract. Survey infrastructure synergies can support the sustainability of existing European survey programmes by maximising resources and expertise. The study uses the scale of gender role attitudes (GRA) surveyed in the fifth wave of the European Values Study (EVS2017) as an example to explore how such cooperation could produce improved measurements in a context of methodological innovation. The EVS implemented tools and strategies that may affect cross-sectional comparability, such as the translation approach and the use of mixed-modes as well as the increased standardisation of the procedures, documentation and monitoring.  After describing the revision of the GRA scale of EVS2017 and assessing its content validity, the study discusses its comparability. By applying multi-group confirmatory factor analysis and the recently established alignment method, measurement equivalence is reached both cross-sectionally and across modes of data collection.

The working language is English.

How party polarization shapes the structuring of policy preferences

While polarization has garnered a lot of academic attention, not much is known about its influence on citizens’ preferences. Frèderic Gonthier and Tristan Guerra show, in their recent article in Party Politics, that party polarization enhances the ideological consistency of belief systems.

First they apply Correlation Class Analysis to the latest EVS data to classify respondents based on the extent to which they use similar principles for structuring their economic and sociocultural preferences. Second they demonstrate that Europeans’ belief systems are more consistently aligned with the progressive-conservative continuum in polarized party systems. It means that when citizens receive a rich supply of coherent and distinctive elite cues, they are prompted to structure their policy preferences according to the progressive-conservative polarity.

The authors also find that greater party polarization results in more tightly organized belief systems for all Europeans, regardless of their degree of political sophistication (see figure below).

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This turns out to be an overlooked effect of party polarization: Elite cues becoming clearer reduce the reservoir of cross-pressured voters that radical parties may appeal to.

Gonthier F, Guerra T. How party polarization shapes the structuring of policy preferences in Europe. Party Politics. January 2022. doi:10.1177/13540688211064606

Representativeness of Surveys and its Analysis

The analysis of representativeness of a data set belongs to the standard quality assurance procedures in survey research. The FORS Guide Representativeness of surveys and its analysis by Michael Ochsner, Senior Researcher at FORS and member of the Standing Group of EVS, challenges current practices of the analysis of representativity and suggests a framework to analyse the risk for representation bias taking into account different uses of data.

The Guide is freely available in Open Access nad offers valuable recommendations for researchers and survey pratictioners

Just published in the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

In this paper, Natalia Soboleva (National Program Director of EVS in Russia and member of the Theory Group of EVS) uses EVS data to explore the effect of work values and socio-demographic characteristics upon the link between life satisfaction and job satisfaction.

Findings

Socio-demographic characteristics matter more than work values in explaining the effect of job satisfaction on life satisfaction. The association between life satisfaction and job satisfaction is stronger for higher educated individuals and those who are self-employed and weaker for women, married individuals, religious individuals and those who are younger. Extrinsic and intrinsic work values significantly influence life satisfaction independent of the level of job satisfaction.

Soboleva, N. (2022), “The determinants of the link between life satisfaction and job satisfaction across Europe”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-06-2021-0152

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