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Click to edit Master subtitle style 4/19/10 American Political Culture Chapter 4
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4/19/10 Political Culture The widely-shared beliefs, values, and norms that citizens share about their government. A distinctive and patterned way of thinking about how political and economic life ought to be carried out Helps to make our system distinct from other system
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4/19/10 Characteristics of Political Culture Liberty Equality Democracy Civic Duty Individual Responsibility
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4/19/10 Liberty Americans are preoccupied with their rights. They believe they should be free to do pretty much as they please, with some exceptions, so long as they don’t hurt anybody. But how much liberty are we comfortable with? And how much will we demand?
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4/19/10 Equality Americans believe “everybody” should have an equal vote and an equal chance to participate and succeed. Or at least we claim to! But how much equality will we demand?
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4/19/10 Democracy Americans believe that government officials should be accountable to the people. Unless the politicians are listening to the other side?!
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4/19/10 Civic Duty Americans generally feel people ought to take community affairs seriously and help out when they can We believe in voting, serving (military or community), paying taxes, jury duty, and charity BUT complain about it all! (except for charity - usually)
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