PoliSci Notes for 2nd Midterm

PoliSci Notes for 2nd Midterm - 2/19/08 I. Political...

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2/19/08 I. Political Culture a. Definition b. Importance c. Elements d. American “exceptionalism” II. Definition a. A distinctive and patterned way of thinking about how political and  economic life ought be carried out b. Different from ideology c. More pervasive, more fundamental III. Importance a. Very unlikely the u.s. would have succeeded without a tolerant and  “liberal” political culture b. Evidence= American institutional framework has failed in most other  countries i. Political deadlock ii. Repression IV. N.B. Contrast with Madison a. Madision saw great diversity in U.S. i. “extended sphere” ii. didn’t travel much b. Students of political culture compare U.S. to other societies i. see homogeneity 1. esp. historically V.  “Liberal” culture a. uniquely Lockean (Hartz) b. accident of history i. America “grew up” in 1750-1850 ii. Belief in monarchy was dying iii. Socialism/Marxism not yet born 1
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iv. No feudal tradition 1. No brutal repression 2. No violent revolution 3. Result= moderate culture c. ** America has no feudal tradition**  ^except in the south^ VI. Five Elements a. Freedom     i. Understood as individual freedom; ability to structure lives ii. Sources 1. Frontier 2. Many chances for success 3. Few externalities iii. Protestantism b. Equality (Tocqueville)     i. A belief that we are all as good as anyone else ii. Sources 1. Lack of a feudal tradition 2. Hobbes/locke 3. Christianity (all souls equal in sight of God) a. Esp. Protestantism c. Capitalism     i. Limited government interference in market  ii. Sources 1. Roman law (Seneca) a. Monarchs ruled but did not own (contrast with  Russia) 2. Frontier= Lockean state of nature a. Nature + labor= property b. State of nature looks a lot like the America  founded by the people 3. Very rich country 4. Worth/work? Ethic (Protestantism, no feudalism) d. Tolerance (at least in abstract)     i. Live and let live ii. Sources 2
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1. Frontier distances 2. Settlement patterns… non-conformists e. Civic duty     i. Responsibility to participate in self- government ii. Sources 1. Distance from England 2. Social contract tradition 3. Self-governing Protestant churches iii. N.B. tempered by capitalism VII. America is “Exceptional” a. “American” and “un-American” have political meanings b. more contentious and individualistic i. focus on “rights” not “responsibilities” 1. many societies could not stand that strain ii. consider lawyers (1 per 320 in U.S.; 1 per 8,200 in Japan VIII. And Americans are Moderate a. Americans define themselves as moderate (plurality) i. Middle-class, too (90%) b. Few monarchists, few Maoists c. Buoyed by efficacy, wealth 2/21/08 I. Public Opinion a.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANTHRO 1000 taught by Professor Duncan during the Spring '08 term at Missouri (Mizzou).

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PoliSci Notes for 2nd Midterm - 2/19/08 I. Political...

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