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Chapter 3 Outline Political Culture Difference Among the States One of the key elements of American politics is that states have diverse styles to approach social problems There is a commonality of political culture that spans the 11 states that seceded and constituted the Confederate States of America Three different types of political cultures: 1. Traditionalistic : reflects and orientation that predates the industrialization and urbanization of the United States on the “normal” ordering of society back to England- turnout in elections is low – the govt is expected to play little role – South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi are best examples – suggests that poor states with substantial minority populations behave in the manner desribed as traditional Texas = traditionalistic and Individualistic
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Moralistic: good government, promoting the public goods of honesty and selflessness, and governments serving God’s purpose make up a moralistic view of govt – northern boarder in belt from Maine to Oregon – participation in election and other political activities is a civic duty in the moralistic culture – voter turnout should be high – Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Dakotas 3. Individualistic: emphasizes the conception of the democratic order as a marketplace – wants the government to provided necessary services – government is to be won through political competition – the ideas of honesty or using the govt for the public good are less relevant than using govt to serve one’s purposes – Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois...
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