The Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map

27 December, 2008

World Values Map


The Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World is made from data gathered for the World Values Survey. It has to be a candidate for inclusion on Strange Maps but it contains vital information about why some societies are democratic and others not. The hypothesis is first people have to have economic and physical security. Once this is assured then they want greater self expression and freedom and resulting from this is the desire to greater self government ie democracy.

The bad news is that democracy in the war torn hell pits of the world ain’t likely anytime soon, the good news is once a society moves towards peace and prosperity democracy will likely follow…. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Anyway check out the World Values Survey 16 page glossy pdf brochure here.


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