Why and How Culture Matters

Michael Thompson, Marco Verweij and Richard J. Ellis

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Why and How Culture Matters

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This article examines the importance of culture in politics. It explains that it is cultural to be political and this means that culture is not only contextual to politics but essential. Given that all political science deals with culture, this article investigates how culture can do this. It suggests that culture and behaviour are separate but not unconnected and proposes how to take valid account of culture in relation to politics. It also discusses the theory of constrained relativism and the cultures of climate change.

Keywords: culture; politics; political science; behaviour; constrained relativism; climate change

Article.  9687 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Behaviour

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