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The Political Culture Paradigm

Dieter Fuchs

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0009

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 The Political Culture Paradigm

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This article gives an analysis that tries to explain the core elements of the concept of political culture. It attempts to specify and differentiate the concept by considering important points of criticism, new problems, and perspectives. The analysis presented is conducted in four steps. The first step determines the paradigmatic core of political culture, and the second step suggests incorporating the civic community or the political community into the concept of political culture. The third step studies the problems of aggregation and causality. The fourth and final step provides summary conclusions and some considerations for the perspectives of future research.

Keywords: core elements; political culture; paradigmatic core; political community; aggregation and causality; civic community; future research perspectives

Article.  10384 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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