(Mis)Measuring Value Change: A Brief Postscript

(Mis)Measuring Value Change: A Brief Postscript Political Behavior, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1997 (MIS)MEASURING VALUE CHANGE: A Brief Postscript Harold D. Clarke, Nitish Dutt, and Jonathan Rapkin In their rejoinder to our critique, Abramson, Ellis, and Inglehart claim that the four-item Euro-Barometer battery provides a valid measure of the value orientations citizens in advanced industrial societies. We are not persuaded. Our analyses indicate that the battery is seriously flawed, and that the dy- namics of response to it over the past two decades provide a classic illustra- tion of what we have termed the "conversations in context" problem in survey research. There is no need to reiterate the details of our argument and sup- porting empirical evidence here. Rather, we will confine our attention to three larger methodological and theoretical points that may suggest a way forward for those interested in comparative studies of the nature and dy- namics of values and related aspects of public political psychology. Point 1 concerns how the structure and content of a survey instrument can interact with the changing context in which the instrument is administered. We have argued that sharp variations in macroeconomic conditions since the mid-1970s have done much to produce the over-time pattern in responses to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Behavior Springer Journals

(Mis)Measuring Value Change: A Brief Postscript

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Subject
Political Science and International Relations; Political Science; Sociology, general
ISSN
0190-9320
eISSN
1573-6687
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1024897722915
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Political Behavior, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1997 (MIS)MEASURING VALUE CHANGE: A Brief Postscript Harold D. Clarke, Nitish Dutt, and Jonathan Rapkin In their rejoinder to our critique, Abramson, Ellis, and Inglehart claim that the four-item Euro-Barometer battery provides a valid measure of the value orientations citizens in advanced industrial societies. We are not persuaded. Our analyses indicate that the battery is seriously flawed, and that the dy- namics of response to it over the past two decades provide a classic illustra- tion of what we have termed the "conversations in context" problem in survey research. There is no need to reiterate the details of our argument and sup- porting empirical evidence here. Rather, we will confine our attention to three larger methodological and theoretical points that may suggest a way forward for those interested in comparative studies of the nature and dy- namics of values and related aspects of public political psychology. Point 1 concerns how the structure and content of a survey instrument can interact with the changing context in which the instrument is administered. We have argued that sharp variations in macroeconomic conditions since the mid-1970s have done much to produce the over-time pattern in responses to

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Political BehaviorSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 14, 2004

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