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Title: Idealism versus Reality: An Empirical Test of Postmaterialism in China and Taiwan
Authors: Chang, Chun-Chih;Chen, Te-Sheng
Keywords: China;environmental protection;Ronald Inglehart;postmaterialism;Taiwan
Date: 2013-06
Issue Date: 2016-11-21 16:50:12 (UTC+8)
Abstract: Using data from the fifth wave 0/ the World Values Survey, this study analyzes the origins of postmaterialism and how it might affect people s support for environmental protection on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. Our empirical results show that the level of postmaterialism in China is no less than it is in Taiwan. Age and education are two essential predictors for postmaterialism at the level of individual analysis. Middle class intellectuals in China are more concerned about postmaterialist issues than their counterparts in Taiwan. In addition, we .find that the Chinese demonstrate higher levels of support for environmental protection than the Taiwanese do, whereas Chinese postmaterialists are less likely to be concerned about the environment than Taiwanese postmaterialists. Therefore, we suggest a revised version of Inglehart's hypotheses to explain support for environmental protection. The paper underlines the effect of political institutions on shaping cultural values, in contrast previous studies that give too much weight to economic development.
Relation: Issues & Studies,49(2),63-102
Data Type: article
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