State Political Cultures

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POLS 207 2nd Edition Lecture 1 Outline of Current Lecture I. Description of Political Culture II. Daniel Elazar’s Three Subcultures of Political Culture a. Moralistic Political Subculture b. Individualistic Political Subculture c. Traditionalistic Political Subculture III. How Do Political Cultures Impact What We See in Government and Politics IV. Criticisms/Weakening of Political Cultures Argument V. Texas Political Culture a. Traditionalistic, Individualistic Political Culture VI. Party Change vs. Political Culture Current Lecture STATE POLITICAL CULTURES Political Culture = the shared beliefs among people about the role government and citizens should play in the political system  states have different views about the role of government aka different political cultures o What role should government play?  How should the government spend money?  What programs should the government support? o What role should citizens play in the political system?  Is everyone expected to participate?  Is everyone expected to vote?  For example, if a state shares the belief that citizens should be active in their government, then that state will have higher participation by its citizens. o Based on political culture, how are the political officials evaluated?  Do citizens expect them to serve the public good?  Do citizens expect them to have self-oriented intentions? Daniel Elazar  important political scientist that wrote about political cultures & came up with 3 types  his central argument: early migration patterns in the US and the resulting ethnic and religious concentrations led to wide variations across the states concerning the proper role of government and citizenship o in other words, migration patterns drive the different patterns of religious/ethnic concentrations and thus the different attitudes about government



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