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World Values Survey in the Arab World: values and social change in comparative perspective

a PSC Research Project

Investigator:   Ronald F. Inglehart

The objective of the project is to conduct the World Values Survey (WVS) in Qatar and Jordan. The WVS is a global network of social scientists who are analyzing the basic values and beliefs of people throughout the world. In order to monitor changes in values and understand their implications, the WVS has carried out successive waves of surveys (1981, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005-2006) in almost 100 societies, containing 90 percent of the world?s population. A new wave is scheduled to be carried out in 2010-2011. This project provides an unparalleled data base for the analysis of the role of human beliefs and values in social, economic and political change. More than 1,000 publications in dozens of languages have been based on these data. They demonstrate that the values of ordinary people have an important impact on a wide range of important social phenomena, ranging from human fertility rates to gender equality, and the extent to which democratic institutions emerge and flourish. Many of these publications can be downloaded from the WVS web site, www.worldvaluessurvey.org, which also provides extensive information about the organization of the WVS, the participants in this network, the goals and methods used and the questionnaires that have been administered. Data from the first five waves of surveys also can be downloaded from this web site. This survey has been implemented in Jordan twice and will be done in Qatar for the first time.

Funding Period: 12/01/2010 to 11/30/2011

Countries of Focus: Jordan, Qatar

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