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Unformatted text preview: Idealogy • system of beliefs and values about the nature of the good life, society, the economy, moral values, and the role of government. • Liberalism and conservatism are the 2 dominant belief systems. Conservatism • economic policy is laissez-faire • often pursue "pseudo laissez-faire,“ – unregulated economy produces the best results coupled with practical support for government policies that help business to overcome problems in the market-place. – argue that economic problems are caused by over-regulation by government. wing” Liberalism – blame "market failure" for economic problems and to place more faith in the ability of government to direct economic activity. – “left wing” • usually oppose government activity in the personal sphere – On foreign policy issues liberals and conservatives tend to follow partisan rather then ideological cues. Ideology in Texas • dominated by a combination of the traditionalist and individualist political cultures which are translated, in the Texas case, into an ideology of political conservatism. – only 18 percent of Texans think of themselves as liberal while 52 percent call themselves conservative. Political Socialization • explains how the attitudes and values of the conservative political culture that dominates from one generation to another. – process by which we teach and learn our political knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, values and habits of behavior. • basic agents of political socialization are family, schools, churches, and the media Family – the family, furnishes the child's attitude toward authority and community, which, in Texas, means that most parents pass along an anti- government attitude and conservative philosophy to their children. Schools and Churches •...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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