Can we Rate Public Support for Democracy in a Comparable Way? Cross-National Equivalence of Democratic Attitudes in the World Value Survey

Gal Ariely, Eldad Davidov

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Abstract

In this study we examine the cross-cultural equivalence of two scales that measure attitudes toward democracy across 36 countries in the World Value Survey (WVS) 2000. We examine the equivalence of these scales in order to explore if we can meaningfully compare democratic attitudes across countries. Multiple group confirmatory factor analyses (MGCFA) is applied to answer this question. The analyses indicate that the scales may be compared but only to a certain extent and not across all the countries. We close this article by discussing the implications of the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-286
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Volume104
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes toward democracy
  • Measurement invariance
  • Multiple-group confirmatory factor analysis (MGCFA)
  • World Value Survey (WVS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences

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