The Concept of Values

Jan W. Van Deth and Elinor Scarbrough

in The Impact of Values

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294757
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599040 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

The Concept of Values

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This chapter begins by noting some general conceptual and methodological issues arising from the social‐scientific study of values, and then reviews various approaches to conceptualizing, selecting, and defining the values most conducive to the purpose of the book. This is in contrast to other social‐scientific approaches, which are more oriented towards ‘issue’ models of electoral behaviour.

Keywords: value orientation

Chapter.  10881 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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