Political Science, Fifth Edition (Comparative Government and Politics)

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Hague and Harrop Chapter 6: Political Culture Culture is the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features of society. Political culture connects government with society and its history. Almond and Verba- civic culture is the source of a stable democracy. Parochial- citizens only indistinctly aware of central government. Isolated rural communities and inner-city immigrants. Subject- see themselves as subjects of government. People under dictatorships, or young people in democracies. Participant- citizens believe they can contribute to the political system and that they are affected by it. Democracy is stable when different types of political culture blend. Passive minority stabilizes the system. Recent drop in polls focuses on public’s confidence in performance of democratic institutions, not the principles of democracy. Attitudes influence structure and behavior, and structure and behavior influence political attitudes. Putnam says- high social capital (tradition of trust of cooperation) makes collective action
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