Economic Development, Value Diversity, and Specific Political Support
A variety of studies suggest that citizens in advanced industrial states have become increasingly disillusioned with politics. This paper has two main objectives: to broaden the scope of the analysis to include societies at various levels of development in order to examine whether there is a link between GDP and political support, and to propose an alternative explanation for cross-national variation in political support. As evidence demonstrates that various structural and lifestyle changes resulting from the transition from industrialism to post-industrialism have been transforming the value mix of advanced industrial societies, there are reasons to suppose that more developed states may contain higher levels of value diversity and that this may have implications for political support. Using the World Values Surveys (1981-2000) we examine whether variations in economic development are associated with differences in value diversity, as well as whether higher levels of value diversity are linked to lower levels of support.
Keywords: Political Support, Economic Development, Value Diversity
Dr. Mebs Kanji
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Concordia University
Graduate Student, Political Science, Concordia University