Value Change in Switzerland
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Values form fundamental principles that help orient individuals in their daily life, and as such are rather stable across time. Changes in the political, economic, and social environment, as those experienced by Switzerland in the last two decades, may affect these value priorities through generational change and individual reorientations. The present book documents how values have changed over the last twenty years in Switzerland as it navigated in the rough waters of an increasingly globalized environment and a changing international political context. The contributions show how Swiss citizens position themselves in their social relations, including the large share of foreigners among the residents in the Alpine republic. In particular, the book highlights how religious values have changed in their meanings. Contributions to this volume also show the consequences of value change in the social and political sphere. Values influence the citizens' views on European integration, their disposition to provide volunteer work, their electoral choices, etc. The volume thus offers a detailed view on how values have changed in Switzerland and how these changes affected the social and political sphere.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739139339
  • 9780739139332
  • 2,110,345

About Hanspeter Kriesi

Hanspeter Kriesi is Director of the Center for Comparative and International Studies, University of Zurich. Simon Hug is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Universite de Geneve.show more

Review quote

This fascinating book examines the cultural changes that are reshaping Switzerland-a society that illustrates the effects of high levels of prosperity and globalization. It assesses changing mass values in Switzerland from 1989 to 2007, analyzing data from successive waves of the Swiss component of the World Values Survey. The editors, Simon Hug and Hanspeter Kriesi, have assembled a talented group of young Swiss social scientists who have insightfully analyzed changes in the political and cultural values of the Swiss public, and the origins and implications of these changes. -- Ronald Inglehartshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1: The Swiss in the age of secularization and individualization Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Values and Value Change: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Patterns Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Changing Religiosity, Changing Politics? The Influence of Traditional and Post-Traditional Forms of Religiosity on Political Attitudes Chapter 5 Chapter 3: The Transformation of the Ideological Gender Gap in Switzerland Part 6 Part 2: The Swiss in the age of globalization Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Islamophobia in Switzerland: A New Phenomenon or a New Name for Xenophobia? Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Intolerance Begets Intolerance: Explaining Negative Attitudes towards Foreigners and Muslims in Switzerland, 1996-2007 Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Swiss Euroscepticism: Economically or Culturally determined? Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Integrating the Defence of Traditional Communities into the Libertarian-Authoritarian Divide: The Role of the Swiss People's Party in the Redefinition of Cultural Conflicts Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Restructuring Swiss Welfare Politics: Post-Industrial Labor Market, Globalization and Welfare Values Part 12 Part 3: The Swiss in the age of an alleged decline in social capital Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Why do the Swiss trust their government less and other people more than they used to? The impact of cohorts and periods on political confidence and interpersonal trust in Switzerland Chapter 14 Chapter 10: Benevolent Against the Odds? Volunteering Patterns in an Individualist Society Chapter 15 Chapter 11: Swiss Democracy in Crisis? An Analysis of Exit and Voice Chapter 16 Conclusionshow more