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The social bases of politics

The social bases of politics

Key terms

  • Collective memory
  • Framing
  • Modernization theory
  • Political culture
  • Social cleavage
  • Social milieu
  • Specific and diffuse support
  • System model


As has become apparent in the previous chapter, contemporary politics and its interpretations are embedded in broad historical, social, economic and cultural contexts, which are analysed in greater detail by the neighbouring disciplines.

In order to distinguish major sub-disciplines within political science and illustrate some of their relationships and interactions a more general ‘system’ model is useful. The model below is derived from the well-known works by Easton (1965), Almond and Powell (1978) and others, but it is used here only in a pre-theoretical classificatory sense in order to locate the different elements and possible interactions more closely without implying necessarily distinct causal relationships such as ...

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