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The Influence of Green parties on postmaterialist values


Tranter, BK and Western, M, The Influence of Green parties on postmaterialist values, British Journal of Sociology, 60, (1) pp. 145-167. ISSN 0007-1315 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.2008.01222.x


This paper contributes to the debate on value change by advancing a new explanation of the relationship between political parties and generational-based values in advanced industrialized nations. Through multivariate analysis of World Values and other survey data from 29 countries, we show that the relationship between generations and values tends to vary between polities dominated by major parties and those in which many parties achieve electoral success. Green parties enhance the uptake of postmaterialist values and speed the decline of materialist ones, particularly among younger generations, by promoting a political discourse and agenda that contributes to the formative experiences underpinning value change. This research suggests that institutional structures and political parties need to be given far greater prominence in theories of postmaterial value change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Australian government and politics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:50027
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2008-02-07
Last Modified:2014-12-10

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