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American Political Culture. Administrative Matters. SI Hours Seating Chart Statement of Student Responsibility Papers Due Thursday Book on Reserve. What Is “Political Culture”?. “Collection of beliefs and values about the justification and operation of a country’s government”. Populism.

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Administrative matters
Administrative Matters

  • SI Hours

  • Seating Chart

  • Statement of Student Responsibility

  • Papers Due Thursday

  • Book on Reserve


What is political culture
What Is “Political Culture”?

  • “Collection of beliefs and values about the justification and operation of a country’s government”


Populism
Populism

  • Popular Sovereignty

  • Equality

     Majority Rule


Liberalism
Liberalism

  • Popular Sovereignty

  • Equality

  • LIBERTY

     Majority Rule w/ caveats


Populism v liberalism

Populism

Unfettered majority rule

Liberalism

Majority rule the norm BUT fear of majority tyranny requires some limits

Populism v. Liberalism


Why classical liberalism
Why classical liberalism?

  • “Founding fathers” middle class

    • Fleeing oppression

    • Seeking economic opportunity

  • Little common heritage / great diversity

  • Economic opportunity plentiful

  • Lots of land!


Implications of classical liberalism
Implications of classical liberalism

  • Liberal democracy

    • What does that look like?

  • “American dream”

  • Capitalism

  • Religiosity


How has liberalism persisted
How Has Liberalism Persisted?

  • Socialization

  • Diversity/Self-Selection

  • Feedback Loop


All liberalism all the time
All Liberalism, All the Time?

  • No!

  • Populism

  • Civic Republicanism (Communitarianism)


Values to ideology
Values to Ideology

  • Values reflect general world-view, implications beyond the political

  • Ideology is a cohesive set of beliefs about the role of government


Shared political culture shared ideology
Shared Political Culture Shared Ideology

Statism

Libertarianism

Conservatism

Modern Liberalism

Political Culture: Shared Roots


Example equality
Example: Equality

  • All Americans tend to value equality, but . . .

  • Do we mean equality of opportunity or equality of outcome?

  • Is equality measured by individuals or by groups?

  • Is equality more important than liberty, or vice versa? When can government interfere w/ liberty to promote equality?


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