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Debating Europe: What are European Values?

Debating Europe is an online discussion platform based on the following model: citizens ask questions, policy makers and expert respond. Since launching, Debating Europe involved more than 280.000 people. To date, a selection of 180.000 questions have been put over 2500 experts and key policy makers.

In the debate on the key question “What are European values?”, our Inge Sieben has been interviewed as representative of the European Values Study.

Read here the full discussion

The EVS community mourns the death of Ronald Inglehart

We received with great sadness the message that Ronald Inglehart died on May 8, 2021. With Ron’s passing, the scientific community has lost a distinguished scholar who put values research on the global map.  He contributed enormously to research on social, political and cultural change in contemporary society; the whole scientific community is indebted to him.

Ron Inglehart is best known as the founding father of the World Values Survey, a worldwide network of values researchers that organizes surveys to empirically investigate values and value change in countries around the world. This initiative originated in the European Values Study, which conducted surveys to explore value change in Europe. Ron Inglehart was introduced to EVS by Jacques-René Rabier, who had started the Eurobarometer and collaborated with Ron on that project. Ron was particularly interested in questions about political values, the role of the economy and attitudes towards the quality of life.

To further test his ‘Silent Revolution’ theory, Ron also needed data from less developed countries, which motivated him to start the World Values Survey in the early 1990s. Researchers in many nations all over the world collaborated in conducting repeated surveys among representative samples in their countries, resulting in an impressive dataset covering more than 100 societies around the globe. Using this international dataset, he demonstrated that value patterns are determined to a large extent by the degree of existential security in a society, but also that historical and cultural heritage produces path dependence in value change.

Over the years, the two values projects worked together in defining items for the questionnaires and integrating datasets for wider use. The scientific community owes Ron a great deal, both for his analytical and theoretical productivity and for his unflagging commitment to collecting data from around the world. He carried out, and enabled others to conduct, invaluable comparative studies on basic human values.

All of us will feel Ron’s absence as a great loss. We will miss him in our discussions of value change, and we will particularly miss his collaboration in collecting data for the scientific studies that he did so much to promote.

Our deep and sincere condolences go to his family and friends.

THE PARADOXES OF WORK: So important, so unstable

This webinar, organized by the Italian team of EVS on May 18th at 17.00-18.30, follows the publication of the book “Come cambiano gli italiani” (edited by F. Biolcati, G. Rovati, P. Segatti 2020), which reports the main results of EVS in Italy.

Giancarlo Rovati, EVS National Program Director in Italy, will be presenting the main results concerning work values that will be discussed by scholars from different disciplines.

The event is in Italian.

Introductive greetings
Marco LOMBARDI, Direttore Dipartimento di Sociologia
Laura ZANFRINI, Direttore del Centro di ricerca WWELL (Work, Welfare, Enterprise, Lifelong Learning)

Presentation of the main results
Giancarlo ROVATI, Docente di Sociologia dello sviluppo, Facoltà di Scienze politiche e sociali

Discussion
Roberto BENAGLIA, Segretario Generale FIM Cisl
Pietro ICHINO, Professore di diritto del lavoro, Università degli Studi di Milano
Rosangela LODIGIANI, Professoressa Associata di Sociologia dei processi economici e del lavoro,
Facoltà di Scienze politiche e sociali

Attending the webinar is free, click here for enter the Cisco Webex (if requested, digit the password Q2Ewrw44)

EVS Trend File 1981-2017 (pre-release)

The EVS Trend File 1981-2017 is constructed from the five EVS waves and covers almost 40 years. In altogether 159 surveys, more than 223.000 respondents from 48 countries/regions were interviewed.  

It is based on the updated data of the EVS Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008 (v.3.1.0) and the current EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (v.4.0.0). The Trend File follows a new concept agreed between EVS and WVS to transfer their large longitudinal data files into leaner and easier to handle files based on the Common EVS/WVS Dictionary (v.2021). The next release is planned in cooperation with the World Value Survey (WVS) for the beginning of July 2021. From these new Trend files, it will be easy for data users to build the Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2021. For more information, please go to the EVS Trend File 1981-2017

The data and documentation are accessible through the GESIS data collection at GESIS- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. 

Values, Modernisation and Social Change in Europe

The Czech Sociological Review just published the special issue Values, Modernisation and Social Change in Europe, all based on EVS data. 

The special issue, edited by Ladislav Rabušic and Beatrice Chromková Manea (EVS team in Czechia), includes the following articles (all open access):

Beatrice Chromková Manea and Ladislav Rabušic: Value Modernisation in Central and Eastern European Countries: How Does Inglehart’s Theory Work?

Michal Kozák: The Work Ethic and Social Change in the Czech Republic and Slovakia – A Modernisation Theory Perspective

Barbora Hubatková and Tomáš Doseděl: The Expansion of Higher Education and Post-Materialistic Attitudes to Work in Europe: Evidence from the European Values Study

Marta Kołczyńska: The Economy and Governance as Determinants of Political Trust in Europe: An Analysis of the European Values Study and the World Values Survey 1990–2019

Edurne Bartolomé-Peral and Lluis Coromina: Attitudes towards Life and Death in Europe: A Comparative Analysis

Peter Fučík: Trends in Divorce Acceptance and Its Correlates across European Countries

Link to the special issue: https://sreview.soc.cas.cz/en/magno/csr/2020/mn6.php

NEW VERSION OF THE EVS BIBLIOGRAPHY

An updated version of the EVS Bibliography is now online. 

It includes 2495 entries:

1280 Journal Articles

279 Book

569 Book Chapters

58 Conference Papers

71 Dissertations

64 Master’s Theses

156 Working Paper

20 Miscellaneous (Newspapers etc.)

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). Also include information on the specific EVS data that you used, preferably by giving the title and the DOI of the dataset. If you can offer additional information on variable names, countries and time points, we would appreciate.

Information about the bibliographic citation of EVS data can be found here.

Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset

The Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset has been constructed in close collaboration of the European Value Study (EVS) and the World Value Survey (WVS).

The first release includes data of altogether 79 countries and territories: 34 from the EVS 2017 and 49 from the WVS7. Four of these countries conducted surveys in both studies EVS and WVS.

Starting from the common core questions agreed during the design phase of both surveys, it includes about 230 variables which have been standardized and harmonized on the basis of the EVS/WVS Common Dictionary.

The identical version of data and documentation of the Joint EVS/WVS is accessible through two channels:

Full release of the EVS2017 Integrated Datasets

The full release of the EVS2017 includes data and documentation of altogether 35 participating countries and two surveys of minorities. As previous waves (1981, 1990, 1999, 2008), the fifth wave maintains a persistent focus on a broad range of values.

The release includes three integrated datasets:

  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (ZA7500) contains data from 56.491 respondents and 34 countries.
  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Matrix Design Data (ZA7502) includes data from about 10.500 respondents and the four countries (DE, IS, CH, NL) that applied the matrix design. Please consult the documentation describing the concept behind the composition of the two EVS 2017 integrated datasets (GESIS Papers Guide to mixed-mode approach and matrix design).
  • The EVS2017 Integrated Dataset – Sensitive Data (ZA7501) contains data that could not be included in the SUF because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its use is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be downloaded here

In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets will be released in the context of EVS2017.

For more information, please go to the EVS Survey 2017.

The data and documentation is accessible through the GESIS data collection at GESIS- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Elected New Chairs of the Leading Bodies of EVS

Following the By-Elections of October 2020, the Theory Group and the Executive Committee met to elect their Chairs.

The nomination of Edurne Barolome Peral found full consensus among the renewed Theory Group. As Chair of the Theory Group, Edurne is ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

The renewed Executive Committee fully agreed on the nomination of Ruud Luijkx as new Chair of the Executive Committee. Ruud Luijkx is also Chair of the Methodology Group of EVS.

EVS By-Elections

Between 25 September and 9 October 2020, the EVS By-Elections took place to fulfill vacant positions in the leading bodies of the European Values Study.

The EVS community is deeply grateful to the members that supported and developed the EVS project so far and warmly welcome the new elected members:

Theory Group of EVS

The newly elected members Edurne Barolome Peral (ES); Tim Reeksens (NL), Natalia Soboleva (RU), Claudiu Tufis (RO) will join Pierre Bréchon (FR), Paul de Graaf (NL), Pedro Magalhães (PT), Ladislav Rabusic (CZ), Giancarlo Rovati (IT) in the Theory Group.

Newly elected Chair: Edurne Barolome Peral

Retired members: David Voas (UK), Loek Halman (NL), Christof Wolf (DE)

Methodology Group of EVS

The newly elected members Ferruccio Biolcati (IT) and Stefan Dahlberg (SE) will join Ruud Luijkx (NL), Frédéric Gonthier (FR), Bart Meuleman (BE), Markus Quandt (DE), Alice Ramos (PT), Ivan Rimac (HR) in the Methodology Group.

Retired members: Michael Braun (DE), Dominique Joye (CH)

Executive Committee of EVS

The newly elected members Morten Frederiksen (DK), Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir (IS), Alice Ramos (PT) will join Paul de Graaf (NL), Ruud Luijkx (NL), Vera Lomazzi (IT), Markus Quandt (DE), Maria Silvestre Cabrera (ES) in the Executive Committee.

Newly elected Chair: Ruud Luijkx

Retired members: Loek Halman (NL), Dominique Joye (CH), Christof Wolf (DE)

The new groups will be installed during the upcoming EVS General Assembly on October 20th.

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