Studien av et mulig verdikonservativt tilbakeslag i Norge synes å ha lite for seg. Høyrepopulismen i Norge er først og fremst tuftet på innvandringsmotstand, og det er Kristelig Folkepart, ikke Framskrittspartiet som representerer verdikonservatismen i Norge. Studien av det verdikonservative tilbakeslaget i fire land, Polen, Ungarn, Italia og Norge, (Baro og Jenssen) tyder på at hypotesen om et kulturelt tilbakeslag har mest for seg i Italia. I Polen har verdikonsevatismen aldri vært truet, i Ungarn er det nasjonalisme som drover støtten til Fidez, og i Norge ble "the tipping point pasert allerede seint på 1970-tallet.
The projects main objectives are (a) to ensure Norway's future participation in the EVS-project and access to the invaluable EVS/WVS data-set for Norwegian and international researchers, (b) to initiate excellent comparative research of great relevance to Norway and Europe in seven specific areas, and (c) to address some of the "big issues" in value change theory through advanced multilevel modeling. The projects secondary objective is to introduce a new generation of researchers to this field by - among other things - the training of two Ph.D. candidates. The seven areas are: (1) the level and sources of social capital under three different welfare state regimes, (2) the public's response to increased economic and social inequities, (3) the dynamics of trust in political institutions, (4) the new wave of migration and social, economic and cultural conflicts, (5) the hidden structural roots of European populism, (6) support for civil liberties and perceptions of external and internal threats in the new cold war, and (7) whether the new personalized religion are relational or individualized. A set of propositions for empirical testing has been developed for each of these areas. Several propositions are comparative and call for the use of multilevel models to correctly estimate effects across countries and time.
Some of Norway's best researchers in this field have joined the research team, and the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU has a strong record for research based on large comparative data-sets.
The EVS/WVS data-set offers unique opportunities to test these propositions and many, many more. The research team will actively invite other researchers to make use of the data-set in their fields of research. In addition to the fields of research discussed in the application, the data-set covers family-values, work related values, support for norms and laws, position on ethical problems (abortion, euthanasia, etc.) and psycho-social well being.