Political Culture and Modernity

  • Stephen Welch
Part of the Macmillan/St Antony’s Series book series


The Civic Culture was one of a group of studies published by Princeton University Press in the early 1960s together comprising the heroic phase of behavioural political culture research. While The Civic Culture concentrated on the relationship of political culture to stability, particularly stable democracy, others of these Princeton studies, such as Almond and Coleman’s The Politics of the Developing Areas, and Pye and Verba’s Political Culture and Political Development,1 as their titles suggest, extended the use of the new concept to cover cases of political change. The Civic Culture, as we have seen, has implicit within it many of the ideas current at the time, for instance the empirical theory of democracy, and something similar is true of the studies that took political change as their main focus. Indeed, the similarity extends further, for their own implicit and sometimes explicit assumptions have also come to be seen as reflecting a Eurocentric or indeed Anglocentric bias. These assumptions concern the related ideas of modernization and political development.


Modernization Theory Political Culture Political Development Modernization Process Culture Shift 
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