Political Socialisation

  • Dennis Kavanagh
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series


An obvious question is: how does the political culture come to be what it is ? What explains differences in the way people across nations think and feel about politics, and why, even within a country, do groups differ? Not the least of our reasons for wanting to understand the causes is that our ability to suggest means for inducing political change and to make probability statements about the future of political systems will be heightened. ‘Political socialisation’ is the term used to describe the process whereby the individual learns about and develops orientations to politics. The agents of political socialisation are numerous; the family and the school have attracted much of the scholarly research, but a political institution such as a political party, history, outstanding political experiences, occupation, and the educative efforts of the regime are some other agents.


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© Government and Opposition 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Kavanagh
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  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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