Political Culture under Institutional Pressure

Part of the Political Evolution and Institutional Change book series (PEIC)


The speed at which social changes occur is largely dependent on whether a change in mentalities takes place primarily within generations according to patterns determined by class, ethnicity, or gender, or whether entire generations are the prime bearers of cultural change. The prospects for political stability in new democracies, as well as the prospects for moving from a non-civic to a civic culture are likewise deeply affected by the logic according to which individual cultural change proceeds. These are only some reasons why the relation between early socialization and later institutional changes is of such great importance. That institutions do affect culture in a generational perspective is hardly contested, but that says very little about the scope for individual change and tenacity, which is the major theoretical line of division.


Political Culture Cultural Adaptation Cultural Distance Collective Memory Institutional Pressure 
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