American Exceptionalism

American Exceptionalism - American Political Culture: Are...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–13. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
American Political Culture: Are We Exceptional?
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
“Who are we, as Americans? What is our character?” Answer: If nothing else, we are “exceptional.”
Background image of page 2
Political Culture • A country’s “broadly shared values, beliefs, and attitudes about how the government should function.” • If politics is defined as the collective judgment of “who gets what, when, how, and how much”. .. • ...political culture is defined as what guides a country in determining its politics and policies. • It defines the perimeters of gov’t action and legitimizes that action or inaction.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
American Exceptionalism • A recognition that the United States is qualitatively different than other advanced Western democracies. • A cultural and political outlier. • The concept does not mean that the U.S. is better than others. • As Lipset wrote, the U.S. may be better or worse.
Background image of page 4
Creedal Country • A country found not on common blood ties. • Not a birthright community. • Rather, it is argued, the U.S. was found on a shared set of ideas. • What Lipset called, “the first new nation.” • Its reason for being is to protect and promote an ideology at home and abroad.
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
A Community by Choice • Being American, it is said, is like a religious act. • Certainly, one can be born into the community. • But one can also be converted; one can choose to become one. • Similarly, one can be accused of being un- American; a heretic. • How does one become un-British? Un-French or un-German?
Background image of page 6
Success/Failure Do to Individual or Society? Ind. Soc. Ind. Soc. Germany 31% 68% 31% 70% Italy 31% 66% 24% 71% France 44% 54% 48% 52% Britain 48% 48% 56% 42% Canada 63% 35% 64% 34% Mexico ----- ----- 39% 56% United States 65% 32% 64% 33% Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project, 2002, 2007
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Gov’t Guarantees No One in Need or Freedom from Gov’t to Pursue Own Goals? Gov’t Freedom to Guarantee Pursue Own Italy 71% 24% Britain 62% 33% France 62% 36% Germany 57% 39% Canada 52% 43% United States 34% 58% Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project, 2002
Background image of page 8
Marriage and Family Responsibility Husband Shared Provider France 86% 13% Germany 80% 18% Italy 74% 24% Britain 71% 23% Canada 66% 26% United States 58% 37% Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project, 2002
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Tolerance of Ethnic Minorities: Influence on Nation Good Bad United States Blacks 78% 12% Hispanics 67% 21% Britain ( Blacks/Asians) 63% 26% Germany (Turks) 47% 41% France (North Africans) 43% 51% Italy (Albanians) 14% 80% Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project, 2002
Background image of page 10
Pew Research Center’s Conclusion: “As was the case in 1991, the American public has a more favorable view of ethnic and racial minorities than do Western European publics. African Americans and Hispanics are viewed much more positively in the U.S. than are Turks in Germany, North Africans in France, and Albanians in Italy.”
Background image of page 11

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Support
Background image of page 12
Image of page 13
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 37

American Exceptionalism - American Political Culture: Are...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 13. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online