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Purple = definition Bold = Chapter topic Green = ask yourself Q’s Pink =significant people Yellow = research on your own GOV Exam 2 Notes Public Opinion and Political Culture Public opinion - Textbook: citizens’ attitudes ab political issues, personalities, institutions, and events - Alt: the values, attitudes, and beliefs that are shared by groups across the country Political culture - A set of general, widely shared beliefs, values, and norms ab how the political system works and, by implication, how it should work Political ideology - A set of specific beliefs ab power, political values, and the proper role of gov So what DO we agree on? - Freedom, order, and equality By what balance? - Individualism - Majority rule W/ minority rights - (regulated) Capitalism - Market economies - Freedom of expression Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) - French diplomat, political scientist, and historian Classical liberal Pro parliamentary, skeptical of democratic extremes - France’s young democracy was failing, so he … - Wrote democracy in America Vol 1: on the structure f gov’t and the institutions that help to maintain freedom in american society Vol 2: on individuals and the effects of the democratic mentality on the thought sand mores prevalent in society → the family unit Alexis de Tocqueville: freedom v. equality

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