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The World Values Survey is a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change. It is conducted by a network of social scientist at leading universities all around world. The survey is performed on nationally representative samples in almost 80 societies on all six inhabited continents. A total of four waves have been carried since 1981 allowing accurate comparative analysis.

The World Values Survey has produced evidence of gradual but pervasive changes in what people want out of life. Moreover, the survey shows that the basic direction of these changes is, to some extent, predictable.


  • Executive Committee
  • Ronald Inglehart, USA
  • Bi Puranen, Sweden
  • Yilmaz Esmer, Turkey
  • Thorleif Pettersson, Sweden
  • Juan Diez-Nìcolas, Spain

  • The secretariat is based in Sweden:
  • Ronald Inglehart, President
  • Bi Puranen, Secretary
  • Thorleif Pettersson, Treasury

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