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WAPOR 70th Annual Conference

15th-17th July 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

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Population values, norms and stereotypes in social, political and economic policies: using WVS data in decision-making

Kseniya Kizilova (World Values Survey Association)
Marita Carballo (Voices! Consultancy/ WVSA)
Juan Diez-Nicolas (ASEP/ WVSA)
Bi Puranen (IFFS/ WVSA)
Renata Siemienska (University of Warsaw/ WVSA)
Munqith Dagher (IIACSS/ WVSA)

Keywords: Social, political, economic, and/or cultural issues


Panel title: Population values, norms and stereotypes in social, political and economic policies: using WVS data in decision-making

Panel convenor (no paper): Kseniya Kizilova, Head of Secretariat of the World Values Survey Association, Austria

Panel chair and speaker 1: Prof. Marita Carballo, President of Voices! Consultancy, Vice-President of the World Values Survey Scientific Advisory Committee, Vice-President/President-Elect of WAPOR, Argentina: “The Judicial System in Argentina´s Political Culture – a Regional and International Comparison”

Discussant and speaker 2: Prof. Juan Diez-Nicolas, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Values Survey Association, President of ASEP, Spain: “Socio-Cultural differences in Social Exclusion”.

Speaker 3: Prof. Bi Puranen, Secretary General of the World Values Survey association, Institute for Future Studied, Sweden: “Immigration and Acculturation: Which Factors Impede Egalitarianism?”

Speaker 4: Prof. Renata Siemienska, University of Warsaw and Maria Grzegorzewska University, Member of WVSA Scientific Advisory Committee, WVS Principal Investigator for Poland: “Types of Civic Engagement and its Determinants in Post-communist Countries – Cross-Cultural Comparisons”.

Speaker 5: Dr Munqith Dagher, President of IIACSS, WVS Principal Investigator for Iraq: “Why Da’esh (ISIL) succeeded in Iraq?”


The panel is aimed at exploring the ways how the World Values Survey – the world’s largest social science survey program – can contribute not only to the academic research on value change and development of the postmaterialist and other sociological and political theories, but also how WVS findings can be used to develop and improve social, economic and political policies regulating people's everyday life.
People’s values, ideas, attitudes as well as norms and stereotypes which exist in the society or its particular social, cultural or ethnic groups to a large extent define people’s actions, including those which they undertake in response to existing and new policy initiatives. Those policies which take into account and correlate with the value system of the society, have higher chances to be positively accepted by the society members and to bring fruitful results.
WVS data constituting the world’s largest survey data-base in social sciences, uses an extensive set of several hundred indicators on values and allows to analyze value systems and norms in over 100 countries, including analysis in over-time perspective: 1981-2014. Such topics like tolerance and social exclusion, functioning of systems of public life, security, migration, civic engagement and the ways how WVS data can contribute to facilitate managing corresponding issues and processes in real life, are in the center of the discussion of this panel. The main focus of this panel is therefore to look at the borders and connections between value systems on the one hand and public policy and its trajectories on the other.

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