Ideologically Illogical? Why Do the Lower-Educated Dutch Display so Little Value Coherence?

Peter Achterberg*, Dick Houtman

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Abstract

In studies of mass ideology, it is often found that political values are ordered two-dimensionally among the public at large. In a first economic dimension, equality is contested; in a second cultural one, individual freedom is contested. While this general rule of two-dimensionality applies to the public at large, there are large differences between educational categories. While two-dimensionality is found for the lower educated, the higher educated order their values along a single dimension and hence show more value coherence. Using a recent Dutch national survey, we show that these differences between the higher and the lower educated cannot be explained by differences in political competence. Instead, a combination Of cultural and economic insecurity is responsible for the lower levels of value coherence among the lower educated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1649-1670
Number of pages22
JournalSocial Forces
Volume87
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • WORKING-CLASS AUTHORITARIANISM
  • VOTING-BEHAVIOR
  • CONSTRAINT
  • PREJUDICE
  • ANOMIE
  • DETERMINANTS
  • CONSERVATISM
  • LIBERALISM
  • OPINION
  • ELITES

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