Focal Concepts Sheet Four--American Political Ideology

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PS103 Dr. Mitchel Gerber U.S. Political Systems FOCAL CONCEPTS SHEET FOUR: AMERICAN POLITICAL IDEOLOGY 1. The Operative Significance of Political Ideology or Political Culture Political ideology (political culture) is the most fundamental political ideals and ideas of a political system. Political ideology is also considered to be a systematic and coherent set of profoundly held basic political beliefs and values. Inherent in each nation-state is some particular political ideology or political culture. 2. The Pervasive Nature of Political Ideology In most cases, the dominant political ideology or political culture of a particular nation- state tends to be widespread. Occasionally, there are situations when the dominant political ideology of a political system becomes destabilized or challenged by alternative ideological perspectives. 3. American Political Ideology In addition to its republican constitutional framework, the American political system is based upon a liberal-democratic political ideology. The United States is a liberal- democracy in an analogous way to other global democracies (e.g., Canada, Great Britain). 4. Alternative Political Ideologies on a Global Comparative Perspective
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PS 103 taught by Professor Gerber during the Spring '08 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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