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Texas Political Culture - What is Political Culture o...

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What is Political Culture? o Values, beliefs, traditions that shape the political beliefs of a region o Long term Elazar’s Culture Patterns (*) o Moralistic People view government as a public service, purpose is to improve conditions of those it governs and create a just society People see it as their duty to become active in the decision-making process of the government and monitor it Normally in the northwest o Individualistic Provide for themselves Self-reliant View government as interfering adversary Mostly in western states o Traditionalistic Born out of the old south Agrarian economies Property and income unequally distributed Government policy making fell to the elite Which is Texas? (*) o Texas is a combination of individualistic and traditionalistic o As little government as possible Ferenbach’s View (*) o Everything in our modern culture developed from our independence o People respect and revere the Alamo and independence V.O. Key’s View (*)
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