Political Culture

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Political Culture

  1. 1. Political Culture AP Government
  2. 2. What is it? ▪ The widely shared beliefs, values, and norms citizens hold towards their government ▪ Varies from country to country and region to region ▪ Political Science ▪ Changes over time ▪ Used to predict political behavior (voters AND politicians) ▪ Example: Politician is elected from a conservative district, how is he or she expected to vote?
  3. 3. Main Influences on U.S. Political Culture Warning—these are NOT absolutes, only trends ▪ Family: we acquire a majority of partisanship from our parents ▪ Religion: religious differences make for political differences, especially concerning social issues ▪ Gender: men = more Republican, women= more Democratic ▪ Schooling: college educations usually result in more liberal attitudes ▪ SocialClass: political opinion closely associated with occupation, skilled = more conservative, unskilled= liberal ▪ Race : AfricanAmericans and Hispanics tend to be more liberal, whites andAsianAmericans more conservative ▪ Region: different states tend to be either more Democratic or Republican depending on their location; the South tends to be more conservative
  4. 4. WhatAre American Shared PoliticalValues? ▪ You make a list first ▪ Here’s what the book says: ▪ Natural Rights ▪ Liberty ▪ Equality ▪ Individualism ▪ Majority rule ▪ Popular Sovereignty ▪ Justice and the Rule of Law ▪ Patriotism and Nationalism ▪ And a few more… ▪ What do these mean? Let’s debate!
  5. 5. Now, you get to do some research! ▪ Three steps: ▪ One: Define Liberal, Conservative, Socialist, and Libertarian. Focus on what these mean in America today. Also provide a broad ideological view of each (a paragraph) ▪ Two: List how these ideologies have changed because of these historical periods: ▪ The Gilded Age ▪ The Great Depression ▪ The Reagan Era (1980s) ▪ The current highly partisan political era ▪ Three: SelectTEN current issues, and discuss how they fit into each political ideology (Ex. Taxing policy—what do Conservatives, Liberals, etc. believe about this?) ▪ Put this together in a nicely word-processed essay

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