Political Culture

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  • The unique pattern of beliefs about power and legitimacy that permeate a nation or a nation's subculture. Political culture is most concerned with long-standing, deeply rooted values rather than contemporary ones. One of the most influential works on political culture was by the American political scientists Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba, who in their work The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations (1963) noted three patterns of political culture: (1) participant, where citizens are aware of the central government and are active participants; (2) subject, where citizens are aware of the central government but have low participation rates or room for dissent; and (3) parochial, where citizens are unaware of the central government and are uninterested in politics. The authors concluded that ...

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