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News and updates from the WVSA network: February 2018
WVS-7 Round: Survey Fieldwork Update
In year 2017 WVS-7 fieldwork has been started in thirteen countries from the five continents - Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (including Bolivia, Greece, Serbia, USA, Germany, Romania, Russia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea, and Ecuador). In year 2018 WVS-7 survey round is already scheduled to take place in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, China and Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, Tunisia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, and many other countries.

As WVSA's overall aim is to cover up to 80 world countries in the 2017-2019 survey round, we invite expressions of interest from new survey teams, universities and research institutes in Venezuela and Paraguay, Guyana, Suriname, and Nicaragua, Guatemala and Panama, Cambodia and Vietnam, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan as well as in a number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (please, check the map below for all countries marked with orange). Please, note that we are not looking for survey agencies to subcontract fieldwork, but for active and initiative research teams willing to join WVS Association and to organize WVS-7 survey in their countries as well as to participate in WVSA's publication, dissemination and capacity-building activities. Interested research teams are invited to send their expressions of interest to the WVSA Secretariat (
WVSA Web-site: Attendance Statistics
WVSA official web-site is the main source of information about the Association as well as the home to the world’s biggest data-set in social sciences – collection of data from almost 400 000 interviews conducted in 108 countries and societies in 1981-2014. Web-site features online analysis tool, which allows building frequency and cross-tabulation distributions, world maps and charts in online regime. Data is available for downloading in SPSS, R, Stata and SAS formats. In 2017 WVSA web-site was attended by 697 398 unique users which constitutes 1910 unique users on average per day (comparing to 1750 in 2016 and only 1280 in 2015).
Where do our web-visitors and data-users come from?
Open lecture by Ronald Inglehart: Cultural Evolution - How People's Motivations are Changing and How this is Changing the World
Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, USA, and the Founding President of the World Values Survey, Ronald Inglehart gave an open lecture at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, UAE. Professor Ronald Inglehart is the 'father' of the Modernization theory and the winner of the prestigious Johan Skytte prize (2011). 
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FORTHCOMING: New book by Ronald Inglehart:
"Cultural Evolution" (Cambridge University Press, March 2018)

"Cultural Evolution" presents a new version of modernization theory that explains the rise of environmentalist parties, gender equality and same-sex marriage— and the current reaction producing Trump, British exit from Europe, and France's National Front.  It argues that people’s values and behavior are shaped by the degree to which survival is secure. For most of history, survival was precarious and people emphasized strong in-group solidarity, rejection of outsiders and obedience to strong leaders. 
For under extreme scarcity, xenophobia is realistic: if there is just enough land to support one tribe and another tribe tries to claim it, survival may literally be a choice between Us and Them. Conversely, high levels of existential security encourage openness to change, diversity and new ideas.  The unprecedented prosperity and security of the postwar era brought cultural change, the environmentalist movement and the spread of democracy.  In recent decades, diminishing job security and rising inequality have led to an authoritarian reaction.
International conference "Popular Evaluation of Well-Being in the Arab World, East Asia, South East Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America"
International conference of the Global Barometer Survey on "Popular Evaluation of Well-Being in the Arab World, East Asia, South East Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America" took place at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, UAE on February, 4-6, 2018. The event was organized by the Global Barometer Survey Group with the support of the Department of Sociology of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at UAEU and the World Values Survey Association. Event featured presentations on regional levels of happiness and wellbeing based on survey data from Asian BarometerAfrobarometer, Arab Barometer, Eurasia Barometer, Latinobarómetro, and the World Values Survey Association.
Interview with WVSA Vice-President Chris Welzel
Professor for Research of Political Culture at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg and Vice-President of the World Values Survey Association Christian Welzel talks with Latest thinking about his research on "Do Moral Capacities Change With Improving Living Conditions?", explains why the WVS "has fundamentally changed our view of culture" and gives recognition for regional survey projects including the Afrobarometer, Asian Barometer, or Latinobarómetro.
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Call for Papers for the Midterm Conference of ESA RN 21: Quantitative Methods "Potentials and Limits of Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences"

This mid-term conference aims at an overview of the potentials of quantitative research as well as a critical assessment of its technical, epistemological, and ethical boundaries. Thus, we welcome papers and panels about the following topics, which are of course by no means exhaustive:

  • The internet as a new data-source: social media, web-links, big data, internet-based experiments, etc.
  • Mobile communication as a device for data-gathering: activity-tracking, bio-medical monitoring, automated diaries, GPS data etc.
  • The new potentials of cheap high-speed computing: statistical learning, social simulation, data- and text-mining, bootstrapping for parameter estimation, other numerically intensive statistical procedures, etc.
  • Epistemological questions: explaining and understanding social reality in quantitative studies.
  • Mixed-methods as an alternative: taking the best out of two worlds? Theoretical and methodological approaches of mixed-methods research, etc.
  • The issue of comparability: etic and emic approaches for researching European developments.
  • Defining new units of analysis beyond “methodological nationalism”: social network analysis, research focused on relationships among social entities, etc.
  • Quantitative approaches with regard to applied topics (e.g. value research, dealing with inequalities, quality of life).
  • Specific challenges with regard to “hard-to-reach” groups (e.g. refugees, immigrants, older people, persons in closed institutions)
  • Ethical questions of new methods of data-gathering: where are the limits set by the respect of privacy and the uncertainty about the informed consent of the field?
  • Reviving traditional methods: Strategies for increasing the participation in surveys, methods for achieving international comparability, interviews about sensitive topics, measurement errors etc.

Venue: Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Date: 3rd - 6th of October, 2018

Submission deadline: 15.03.2018

For further information please visit RN21 homepage concerning the conference:

The final deadline of submissions will be the 15th of March 2018. Abstract Submission and the Submission of session Proposals has to be done following this link:

Join WVSA team at ISA World Congress of Sociology this Summer!
New WVS-based Publications 

Bang, Sung-a, and Hwie-Seo Park (2017). The Effects of Cultural Capital and Social Welfare Expenditure on the Elder`s Subjective Happiness. Journal of the Korean Society of Computer and Information 22(12), 163-170.

Becker, Dominik, Wiebke Breustedt, and Christina Isabel Zuber (2018). Surpassing Simple Aggregation: Advanced Strategies for Analyzing Contextual-Level Outcomes in Multilevel Models. methods, data, analyses (mda). Advance online publication.

Bond, Michael, and Vivian Lun (2018). Examining Religion and Well-Being Across Cultures. The Cognitive Science of Religion as Sextant. In Ryan G. Hornbeck, Justin L. Barrett, and Madeleine Kang (eds.), Religious Cognition in China: “Homo Religiosus” and the Dragon (pp. 195-214). Cham: Springer.

Breustedt, Wiebke (2018). Testing the Measurement Invariance of Political Trust across the Globe. A Multiple Group Confirmatory Factor Analysis. methods, data, analyses (mda).  Advance online publication.

Caraus, Madalina, Mirela Calugareanu, Ioana Tatiana Stanese, and Mihai Dragos Ungureanu  (2017). Increasing Voluntary Compliance through Tax Morality: A Case of Romania. 23rd International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development – Madrid, 15-16 September 2017.

Chaney, Kathryn Elise (2017). Work and Women's Empowerment: An Examination of South Asia. Master thesis.

Chen, Jun, Tao-Hsien Dolly King, and Xinxin Li (2018). National Culture and Governance on Bondholder Wealth: Evidence from Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances around the World. Quarterly Journal of Finance. Advance online publication.

Di Tella, Rafael, and Juan Dubra (2018). Some Elements of Peronist Beliefs and Tastes. Latin American Economic Review 27(6).

Glanville, Jennifer L., and William T. Story (2018). Social Capital and Self-rated Health: Clarifying the Role of Trust. Social Science Research. Advance online publication.

Engin, Ceylan, and Heili Pals (2018). Patriarchal Attitudes in Turkey 1990–2011: The Influence of Religion and Political Conservatism. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society. Advance online publication.

Foa, Roberto S., and Gregorz Ekiert (2017). The Weakness of Postcommunist Civil Society Reassessed. European Journal of Political Research 56(2): 419–439.

Forman-Rabinovicia, Aliza, and Udi Sommer. 2018. An Impediment to Gender Equality?: Religion’s Influence on Development and Reproductive Policy. World Development 105, 48-58.

Heuberger, Leanne (2017). Grasping the Effect of Having Too Little: Poverty as Predictor of Cognitive Depletion. Master thesis.

Ishiyama, John, Lia Mezvrishvili, and Nina Zhgenti (2018). An Oasis of Democracy in an Authoritarian Sea? Civil Society, Social, and Institutional Trust in Georgia. Communist and Post-Communist Studies. Advance online publication.

Kwon, Ronald, and Elizabeth Hughes (2018): Multiculturalist Policies in an Age of Immigration: Do Multiculturalist Policies Influence Negative Immigrant Attitudes toward Homosexuality? Ethnicities. Advance online publication.

Majeed, M. Tariq and Shamsa Kanwal (2018). The Global Integration and Transmission of Social Values: A Case of Family Ties. Social Indicators Research. Advance online publication.

Majumdar, Chirodip (2018). Opinion about Environment vs. Growth: Effects of Urbanisation in Asia. Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities 8(1), 94-106. https://doi.org10.5958/2249-7315.2018.00010.2

Malka, Ariel, Yphtach Lelkes, and Christopher J. Soto (2017). Are Cultural and Economic Conservatism Positively Correlated? A Large-Scale Cross-National Test. British Journal of Political Science. Advance online publication.

Park, Eun G. and Wankeun Oh (2018). Trust, ICT and Income: Their Relationships and Implications. Online Information Review. Advance online publication.

Shorrocks, Rosalind (2018). Cohort Change in Political Gender Gaps in Europe and Canada: The Role of Modernization. Politics & Society. Advance online publication.

Sirola, Nina, and Marko Pitesa (2018). The Macroeconomic Environment and the Psychology of Work Evaluation. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 144(1), 11-24.

Tessler, Mark, and Hafsa Tout (2018). Religion, Trust, and Other Determinants of Muslim Attitudes toward Gender Equality. Evidence and Insights from Fifty-Four Surveys in the Middle East and North Africa. Taiwan Journal of Democracy 13(2), 1-29.

Wan, Weijie (2018). Impact of Income on Subjective Well-being: Dual Intermediary Mechanism for Family Economic Satisfaction and Sense of Life Control. Global Journal of Advanced Studies.
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