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Emily Nebraska AP Gov 10/17/16 Chapter 4 1) Political Culture a) Tocqueville on American Democracy i) No feudal aristocracy ii) Minimal taxes iii) Few legal constraints iv) Nation of small and independent farmers v) “Moral and intellectual characteristics” vi) Political culture changed because of westward movement b) Definition of Political Culture i) A Patterned and sustained way of thinking about how political and economic life ought to be carried out ii) Most Americans think that democracy is good, favor majority rule, and believe in respecting minority rights iii) There’s stronger American belief in politics than in economic equality c) Elements of the American political system i) Liberty ii) Equality iii) Democracy iv) Civic duty v) Individualism d) US political culture i) Before polls, beliefs inferred from books, speeches, etc. ii) American beliefs are still important today and cause changes in behavior iii) Beliefs can contradict each other and they’re not always organized e) The Economic System i) Americans support free enterprise, but see limits on marketplace freedom ii) Americans prefer equality of opportunity over equality of results iii) The leaders of very liberal political groups, such as civil rights and feminist organizations, are more willing than the average American to support preferential treatment in hiring and promoting minorities and women 2) Comparing America with other nations a) The political system
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i) 71% of Americans say they are a proud member of their country compared to only 21% of Germans ii) Criticism of former president George W. Bush
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