Postmaterialist values and adult political learning. intracohort value change in Western Europe

Raul Tormos Marin

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Research on value change and stability tends to underline the importance of generational effects, Inglehart's theory of post-materialism being an example of this. According to his theory, formative experiences shape the values of each age-cohort, and social change takes place progressively due to the force of generational replacement. This article analyzes survey data covering a wider period of observations than the one Inglehart used to draw his conclusions. By applying time series techniques, I fi nd signifi cant changes within each generation over time. I show how an important adult learning process in the fi eld of post-materialist values has taken place, which has been neglected by the empirical literature. Contrary to Inglehart's point of view, I conclude that period effects are not just minor short-term infl uences affecting the «normal» change due to generational replacement, but a systematic intracohort trend linked to the European economic prosperity of recent decades.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-120
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Issue number140
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2012


  • Adult Socialization
  • Age Groups
  • Cohort Analysis
  • Generational Differences
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Period Effects
  • Post-materialism
  • Social Values


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