• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What, if any thing, does political culture explain?

Extracts from this document...


COMPARATIVE POLITICS ESSAY. ESSAY TITLE: What, if any thing, does political culture explain? Political culture is the set of attitudes, beliefs and feelings about politics current in a nation at a given time. For someone whose has absolute no knowledge or interest in politics it simply means individual attitudes and what people think. This political culture has been shaped by the nation's history and by the on going processes of social, economic and political activity. Political culture is passed on through socialisation. This socialisation is to do with the acquiring of knowledge and awareness of political life. It could just as well be acquired by social life or even religious life depending on which country you come from. Other forms of social behaviour can be acquired in different ways. An example of this would be the acquiring of knowledge from family. This sort of knowledge is referred to as liberal perspective. The main reason to what political culture explains is how it affects the conduct of individuals in their political roles, the content of their political demands and their responses to laws. ...read more.


Finally I will look at the individual and how he/she may affect political culture. This simply refers to the role of socialisation again. Is it compulsory to know our right? Well that may be argued. Knowing our rights may affect how we think about our politics. Not knowing certain right may affect certain decisions and influence in the wrong direction. A second major aspect of political culture is the types of culture and its set of orientation towards the political process. There are three main types of culture that a character has Parochial, Subject and Participant. Parochials are those citizens who have little or no awareness of political system. They have no perception of their possible influence or obligation regarding it. This definition can however vary; for example a farmer may take no interest in national politics regarding his country, but may have keen village decisions. The general concept however, draws attention to those citizens whose lives are concerned with non-political events. Parochials are however very rare in economically developed countries. ...read more.


They are still addressed as "Mr President". In other continental European countries they refuse to use English. They are very isolated and their attitudes are very inwards towards learning. And finally another term known as totalitarian means a single leader running the country or state. Ann example of this would be Iran. Sadam Hussian has a 99.9% backing from the public in that country. These sorts of people have a strong emphasis upon ideology particularly on how the people should live their life. The idea of freedom of speech, well all that can be said to that is NO CHANCE! To conclude this essay all I can say that political culture simply explains how a country is ran and what people think about it. Other things it explains is how involved people get into their country politics. As explained earlier on in the essay I feel and the theory is that the more participant orientated cultures there are in a country the higher levels of education and organisation in these nations and in part reflected specific historical and political experiences in these cultures. In most political cultures, naturally, citizen's feel more confidant of their ability to deal with local politics than with national politics. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. What impact did Mao have on the lives of the Chinese people from 1949 ...

    Propaganda was used to try to influence the Chinese people towards the Communist Party's views and ideas. Mao did not want people to think independently and used his loyal Party workers as 'propagandists' to spread Communist ideas. Overall, there were 1.5 million propagandists in workplaces such as factories, up to 10 per cent of the workforce were propagandists.

  2. Evaluate the factors that affect the legitimacy of political systems

    the trauma suffered through the Iraq War etc and managed to secure the Presidency with a majority vote and increasing the legitimacy or the government, as the public is getting to voice their opinions and have the chance to try and change how their country is being run.

  1. Comparative Analysis: The churches and their affect on society and politics in the cases ...

    of apartheid, more direct importance can be ascribed to the international climate of the late 1980's. There are few clear answers to the current problems facing South Africa and Namibia. Faith can help the way we deal with these problems, but it is not an answer in itself and when

  2. British Political Direction

    On the other hand, in more heterogeneous nations the left-right scale is not as concentrated in the center. There are greater identity cleavages whether they are based on race, religion, or class. In this cultural atmosphere, legitimacy would be almost impossible for a majoritarian regime.

  1. What is Politics

    Authority is based on the right to wield power. A can get B to do something B otherwise would not have done because B believes A has the right to tell them what to do. A parent, a teacher, a priest or a government are all believed to have the right to tell their students, children, etc.

  2. Ben Hanson - Politics - Mr

    Another major problem faced by MPs when asking questions is that it must relate specifically to matters which that minister is responsible for. The big problem is that there are few specific responsibilities for the prime minister and so questions directed to him usually concern his days engagements and then the real question has to be asked in the supplementary.

  1. Is the Media an independent political actor?

    Since 1997 the Sun has generally supported Blair and Murdoch has regularly been seen making visits to Downing Street. Critics argue that Murdoch switched his support in exchange for agreed favours from Blair once in office, but a BBC article describes how since the Sun moved into the New Labour

  2. Select And Explain The Most Important Turning Points In Nelson Mandela's Life

    Under growing pressure and increasingly isolated internationally, the Government embarked on a dual strategy, introducing limited reform coupled with intensifying repression and arming of society, with the objective of containing the pressures and increasing its support base while crushing organised resistance.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work