Chapter

Generating Public Attitudes

in The Motherless State

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226514543
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226514567 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226514567.003.0003
Generating Public Attitudes

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The traditional model of how public policies are generated is citizen-centered. Public attitudes toward citizens are the source of public policies, which can teach citizens about government and about their relation to the public sphere of political governance. The significance of public attitudes for explaining voting behavior is a precept of electoral politics. From a state-centered perspective, public policies teach the public about who are suitable as participants in the political governance of the state. Public policies representing individualism have a positive impact on public attitudes about women's suitability as political leaders. Maternal public policies in democracies exert a powerful feedback impact on public attitudes about women's capabilities as political leaders. Rather than fearing maternalism, much less individualism, what benefits women is a state that represents both.

Keywords: maternal public policies; public policies; political governance; electoral politics; individualism; women; maternalism

Chapter.  10989 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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