The Political Algebra of Global Value Change

The Political Algebra of Global Value Change: General Models and Implications for the Muslim World
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The Political Algebra of Global Value Change: General Models and Implications for the Muslim World
Authors: Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati and Hichem Karoui
Book Description: 
This book is intended to provide a new approach to the study of global values and global value change, based on representative international survey data, and above all, the World Values Survey. This theme is of growing interest not only to the international social science community, but also international policymakers and business and financial executives in the framework of international values and business studies.
Since the book is also designed to serve advanced graduate courses in sociology, political science and economics at Universities, government and business staff training centers, diplomatic academies et cetera, this book also contains themes for 10-20 minute statements (1000-2000 words) that students and course participants should be able to prepare after attending a course on global values.
Furthermore, this book covers the entire population in an ever-growing number of countries, and now already comprising some 90% of the total global population on earth. The importance of this data for international politics cannot be overestimated: foreign ministries, international organizations, ministerial planning departments of national governments, national intelligence agencies, international bankers and investors, pension fund managers, global insurance enterprises, organizations of national and international security, NGOs and religious communities can all benefit from these freely available data, which indeed will revolutionize our discourse on international politics and political culture.
In our book, we will attempt to define “cultures” on a global scale largely following Alesina and Guiliano (2013). Although some of our preferred World Values Survey indicators are different from those used by Alesina and Guiliano (2013), there is sufficient resemblance between the two approaches, and also there is a high correspondence between the choropleth geographical maps of global values, resulting from the research attempt by Alesina and Guiliano, and our own investigations.
We show in this book that the world economic rise of the global South, among them the BRIC countries and the countries of the Arab Gulf, is no coincidence: economic growth in the post-crisis period from 2008 onwards is highly and positively correlated with family values.
All too often, the loss of religion and the rise of the shadow economy, including in leading Western countries, go hand in hand. The decay of family values, which are so deeply enshrined in the religious commandments of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and which are also basic to the other global religious civilizations, goes hand in hand with the decay of economic and social values and are explored in this book. (Imprint: Nova)
Table of Contents: 
About this Book pp.vii-xBiography of Authors pp.xi-xiiExecutive Summary pp.1-34

Chapter 1. Background pp.35-80

Chapter 2. The Methodology of this Project pp.81-102

Chapter 3. The Dark Side of Economics: Why it is Good from an Economist’s Perspective that Sociology Starts to Analyse World Values Survey Data on the Shadow Economy and Why Corruption is a Development Impediment pp.103-138

Chapter 4. The Sociological and Psychological Theories of Global Values pp.139-186

Chapter 5. Towards a New Political Geography of Human Values pp.187-266

Chapter 6. The Global Analysis of Feminism and Its Regional Implications for the Muslim World: Voices from Quantitative Social Science and from a Religious Muslim Viewpoint pp.267-296

Chapter 7. Human Values and the “Arab Spring” pp.297-316

Chapter 8. Islamic Values, Knowledge and Morals pp.317-330

Chapter 9. Gretchen, Permissiveness and Economic Growth pp.331-342

Chapter 10. The Implosion of “Self-Expression” in the West and Further Doubts about the Correctness of Inglehart’s Theory in the Light of the New Direct Measurements of Self-Expression Values from the World Values Survey, 2010-2014 pp.343-366

Chapter 11. What the Importance Given to God by Humans Does to Society
(The Way Society Benefits from the Belief in God)pp.367-388

Chapter 12. Hofstede, Schwartz, Inglehart and the Future of World Development pp.389-442

Chapter 13. Themes for Student and Course Participants’ Essays pp.443-444

Literature and Suggested Further Readings pp.4445-492

Index pp.493-520

Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2014 – 4th Quarter
   Pages: 532. 7×10 – (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62948-899-8
   Status: AV