Category Archives: Dissemination

Launch of EVS2017 in Luxembourg

To announce the start of the data collection in Luxembourg, the Consortium STUDIALUX organize the seminar “Comprendre les valeurs au Luxembourg et leurs transformations” on June 7th at the Université du Luxembourg.

The purpose of the study day is to launch the execution of the Luxembourg part of EVS2017. The study day will be followed by a round table with representatives of civil societies in Luxembourg. The Grande Enquête sur le Luxembourg (STUDIALUX) is a research consortium that aims to establish a political and social state of Luxembourg in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, comprising the Research Chair in Parliamentary Studies of the Chamber of Deputies at the University of Luxembourg, the project’s manager, the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques du Luxembourg (STATEC) and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). The commissioned study is made possible thanks to the patronage of the Chamber of Deputies of Luxembourg and the Government of Luxembourg.

EVS in Luxembourg is coordinated by Professor Philippe Poirier.

To attend the seminar, register here by June 3rd.

EVS 2017, Results in Denmark. Book published

Morten Frederiksen (National Program Director of EVS Denmark) edited the book “Usikker modernitet – Danskernes værdier fra 1981 til 2017” (Uncertainty Modernity) published by Hans Reitzels Vorlag. The book, based on the results of EVS in Denmark, examines the development of the Danes’ values ​​over four decades and captures the historical changes that have taken place since 1981.

“Usikker Modernitet” examines everything from the Danes’ national pride, concern for immigration, political participation, political values, attitudes to surveillance and environmental protection, voluntary work, religion, citizenship, gender equality, upbringing and experience of unhappiness, and analyzes developments and setbacks in a sociological perspective.

Denmark is often referred to as a society characterized by happiness, trust and tolerance, where neither religion nor social class really divides the population and where equality, environmental awareness and non-authoritarian education are values ​​that bring together most.

However, that image cannot be taken for granted, as many of these values ​​are relatively new, and some of them even exist only in a smaller part of the population. In 2017, many Danes were less happy and less confident than they were just a decade earlier.

The Danes have lost confidence in other people, trust in the political system and they have become less happy” – M. Frederiksen

(This text is a translated and adapted version of the original description provided by the editor)

EVS2017: Results from a Survey Experiment on Social Distance in Italy

Riccardo Ladini (member of the Italian joint team of EVS and WVS) gave a presentation on May 23rd 2019 during his stay as EUROLAB grant holder at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

In his talk Who do you prefer not to have as a neighbour? An “immigrant” or a “foreign worker”? Evidence from a survey experiment in the Italian edition of the European Values Study – World Values Survey 2017”(with Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi) , he reported the results from a survey experiment carried out in the Italian EVS survey.

Abstract: Since in recent years the salience of the immigration issue has largely increased in the Italian context, as well as in other Western European countries, it is of particular interest to assess the current level of natives’ social distance towards immigrants. In the European Values Study, the most suitable item to measure it brings together different dimensions, by asking individuals whether they would like or not to have “immigrants/foreign workers” as neighbours. Nonetheless, especially in a period where the media tend to refer to immigrants as refugees and not as workers of other nationalities, that item could lead to misleading results since individuals could give a different weight to the “immigrants” and “foreign workers” labels. By means of an experiment in the Italian edition of the European Values Study – World Values Survey 2017, our work aims at overcoming that issue. The experiment consists in randomly varying the formulation of the item: 70% of the sample receives the standard item, while the remaining part of the sample is respectively assigned to “foreign workers” (15 % of the sample) or “immigrants” (15% of the sample) items.

Our contribution has a threefold aim. Substantially, we want to identify and quantify the possible presence of a larger social distance towards those who are simply defined as immigrants, under the assumption that a foreigner is more tolerated when identified as a worker. Methodologically, the work intends to offer a starting point for reflection on the wording of questions on attitudes toward migrants in comparative surveys, by pointing out some limitations of the existent items. Furthermore, the use of experiments in a well-established survey with a high standard in the sampling and in the questionnaire administration allows providing empirical evidence characterized by both a high internal and external validity.

Close to every other Danes does not trust the Folketing

DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) reports results from EVS in Denmark. In particular the article points the attentation on the fact that in ten years, trust in the Danish Parliament has fallen markedly – especially among the low-skilled and low-paid.

The article also refers to the upcoming book “Usikker Modernitet: Danskernes værdier 1981-2017” edited by Morten Frederiksen.

EVS2017 Results in France

Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (Grenoble Alpes University, CNRS, Sciences Po Grenoble, Pacte ) have recently published a summary of the results of EVS2017 in France: “The cohesion of French society is not as threatened as we think“.

This post is an adaption of a piece originally published in Le Monde (2019/04/25).

The complete results are published in a book by Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (eds.): La France des Valeurs. Quarante ans d’évolutions, Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, coll. Libres cours Politique, 2019. Website: www.valeurs-france.fr

CfP: Comparing values in (post-)crisis Europe

First international workshop of EVS 2017, 10-11 October 2019, Tbilisi (Georgia)

In the recent years, Europe was exposed to remarkable dynamics of simultaneously growing together and falling apart. On the one hand, the traffic of goods, services, and labor between European states and regions increased, ongoing technological developments induce transformations in the working life, the European Union was enlarged as a geographical, political and social unit, and cultural barriers seem to be declining. On the other one, strong social, economic and political forces are threatening to pull Europe apart. The economic crisis, the new migration flows and the humanitarian emergency following in the wake of the refugee crisis affected the European countries quite differently. These differentiated developments have challenged intra-European solidarity and activated different mechanisms related to questions of security, responsibility for border controls and for the management of the crisis. Euro-skepticism, populism and right-wing extremism are on the rise in most European countries. At the same time, the continued, increasing immigration from outside Europe challenges the “Fortress Europe” and raises questions of solidarity, social cohesion, inter-ethnic and inter-religious interactions. Finally, increasing levels of social inequality across the European countries and growing precariousness in European labor markets seems to stoke resentment of national elites and fuel the authoritarian and populist movements.

How do all these events affect the Europeans’ values? And how can researchers measure and compare human values in an adequate and meaningful way?

The European Values Study is organizing an international workshop to address these research questions in collaboration with GORBI (Georgian Opinion Research Business International). Alongside selected proposals, the program is enriched by the keynote contributions given by: Professor Bart Meuleman (Coordinator of the Centre for Sociological Research at KU Leuven, and President of the European Survey Research Association); Professor David Voas (Head of Department of Social Science at University College London, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Values Study); Professor Christian Welzel (Chair in Political Culture Research, Center for the Study of Democracy at Leuphana University, and Vice-President of World Values Survey Association).

We welcome proposals studying the Europeans’ values from a comparative perspective and making use of the second pre-release of EVS2017 (which will make data available for about 30 countries) on its own or in conjunction with previous waves of EVS or WVS. Dataset and documentation concerning the first pre-release, which includes 16 countries, are already available for download. Up-to-date information about the pre-releases can be found on the EVS website.

In addition to substantive proposals on European values and attitudes with a focus on multilevel and longitudinal research questions on topics such as (but not limited to) social solidarity, social cohesion, national and European identity, we are interested also in papers investigating validity and cross-cultural comparability of values and attitudes. In particular, contributions on the issue of measurement equivalence are highly appreciated.

Please, send an abstract of maximum 250 words to the Scientific Committee of the Workshop (evs.georgia2019@gmail.com) by June 22. Proposals should clearly describe the aims of the study and the methodology applied, but do not have to include results. Decisions about acceptance will be made by 12th July 2019.

The Local Organizing Committee at GORBI, Tbilisi, Georgia

Lucy Flynn, Rian Hulscher , Merab Pachulia

The Scientific Committee of the Workshop

Morten Frederiksen (Aalborg Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark); Vera Lomazzi (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany); Gergely Rosta (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary); Natalia Soboleva (Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, NRU Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Values in France: Forty Years of Evolution.

Enquête de grande ampleur sur les valeurs en France : publication des résultats dans un ouvrage
The French team of EVS just published a new book based on the results of EVS

EVS was conducted in France by some twenty researchers from several social science laboratories, gathered in the Association pour la recherche sur les systèmes de valeurs (Arval). The Pacte Laboratory (Sciences Po Grenoble, CNRS, UGA) was responsible for steering the project. The main random sample consists of 1,870 people, residing in France, aged 18 and over, plus an additional sample of 721 young people aged 18 to 29 selected by quota. The face-to-face interviews were conducted by the Kantar Public Institute from March to August 2018.

The French survey benefited from numerous partnerships: the TGIR Progedo (CNRS-EHESS), the Institut national de la jeunesse et de l’éducation populaire (Injep), the Service d’information du gouvernement (SIG), France Stratégie, EDF, the Caisse nationale des allocations familiales (CNAF), the Fédération internationale des universités catholiques (FIUC), Sciences Po Paris (FNSP) and Sciences Po Grenoble (Pacte).

The complete results are published in La France des valeurs. Forty years of evolution, under the direction of Pierre Bréchon, Frédéric Gonthier and Sandrine Astor (Presses universitaires de Grenoble).

This text is a translation of the original text in French published on PACTE-Grenoble website.

Here is available an extract of the introduction.
Several press articles commenting the results of EVS in France have been published, as such as in Le Monde, CNRS Le journal, RFC Radio.

Value Change, Solidarity, and Identity Issues in a Changing World


Ladislav Rabusic (NPD of EVS Czechia) and Zuzana Kusá (Member of the Slovakian team of EVS) are the Guest Editors of the Special issue of  The Czech Sociological Review on Value Change, Solidarity, and Identity Issues in a Changing World.

The Czech Sociological Review is announcing a Call for Papers for this thematic issue in English. The deadline for the abstract submission is 31 March 2019.

· Editors: Ladislav Rabušic (Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Studies MU) and Zuzana Kusá (Institute for Sociology, Slovak Academy of Science)

· Planned issue: Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 6/2020

The idea that core values are shifting in response to economic, political, cultural, and social development resonates widely in current public and academic discussions. In recent years Europe has been exposed to important dynamic forces that have challenged its geography, politics, cultures, and social fabric. While the economic crisis of 2008 and its aftermath called into question European and country solidarity, increasing immigration from outside Europe has challenged the ‘old continent’ and raised questions about security and responsibility for border controls and for the distribution of wealth. The most recent developments have affected the social structure within states as well as the relationships between them. They tend to deepen existing inequalities and lead to structural changes and rapid social transformations that challenge social cohesion not only within individual countries but also at the Europe level. They endanger the already modest sense of European identity and thus raise the question of what holds Europe together.

While the prevailing consensus is that something is happening, there is no agreement over exactly what and why this may be (see, e.g., R. Inglehart and C. Welzel, 2005, Modernization, Cultural Change, and Democracy. The Human Development Sequence, Cambridge University Press; P. Bréchon and P. Gonthier, eds, 2017, European Values. Trends and Divides Over Thirty Years, Brill Publishers; and R. Dalton and C. Welzel, eds, 2014, The Civic Culture Transformed from Allegiant to Assertive Citizens, Cambridge University Press). The main goal of this thematic issue is to gain a better theoretically grounded and empirically supported understanding of the phenomenon of value changes, solidarity, and identity in a changing Europe using the European and World Values Surveys, which provide reliable data on the value orientations of Europeans and on their group affiliations, identities, and understandings of solidarity. We welcome papers on the following issues (among others):

  • Where do countries stand in terms of the trends in individualism and collectivism in the light of cross-cultural research on values?
  • What values and attitudes concerning work and employment do people hold? Did any substantial change occur between 1991 and 2017?
  • How do values and attitudes differ between various social strata and between different cultures?
  • How have attitudes towards immigrants and immigration changed since 1990 in Central and Eastern Europe?
  • Has there been a cohort shift with respect to the meaning of partnership, family, and parenthood?
  • Has there been a gender ‘value revolution’ in European countries and what patterns can be seen in this area?

Contributors do not, however, have to limit themselves to these topics and may explore others, as long as the submitted papers are based on EVS/WVS data. Preferably the papers should also deal with value shifts observed by comparing different waves of the EVS/WVS (i.e. a time dimension should be included in the paper’s analysis). We expect the primary focus of papers to be on European countries.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (300–500 words) is 31 March 2019. The abstracts are to be submitted directly to the guest editor – rabu@fss.muni.cz – who will inform authors as to whether their abstract has been selected by 15 April 2019.

Full-text papers must be submitted no later than 30 November 2019. For author guidelines see http://sreview.soc.cas.cz/en/page/4-author-guidelines.

Attached documents:

EVS Results in Georgia

In the online journal Financial several articles based on EVS proved information on the Georgian society.

Among the most recently published, “Does marriage still matter?” by Ani Lortkipanidze (member of the Georgian team at GORBI), uses data from EVS to explore whether marriage is considered an outdated institution by people in Georgia, Belarus, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Other pieces are, for example:

“In Georgia, the Press is Sinking, but Labor is at the Bottom”, Published on July 9, 2018

After Cannabis Legalization, Volume Limits on Khantsi?” Published on August 13, 2018

The Georgian Army Rules” Published on June 25, 2019

Most young Georgians believe in hell and heaven?” Published on: June 18, 2018

No Sex, but Drugs and rock & roll” Published on May 28, 2018

Catch Up and Overtake America’ has failed, shall we give it another try?” Published on: May  21, 2018

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