Left–Right Materialist Value Orientations

Oddbjørn Knutsen

in The Impact of Values

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

Series: Beliefs in Government

Left–Right Materialist Value Orientations

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This chapter examines the antithesis between right‐wing materialist beliefs, dominated by emphasis on market competition, personal freedom and private ownership, and left‐wing materialist beliefs, which espouse a range of regulatory mechanisms for achieving egalitarian socio‐economic objectives. It then reviews comparative statistical data on divergences between Western European countries on the left‐right materialist orientation spectrum.

Keywords: left‐wing materialism; right‐wing materialism; Western Europe

Chapter.  12929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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