What is Political Culture?
Political culture includes values, beliefs and patterns of behavior that are relevant to the political process. A distinct set of cultural orientations seems to be essential for the stability, depth and efficacy of democracy. Definition of political culture. Impact of political culture on the quality of democracy. Origins and evolution of the approach. Main theories. The progress of the field in the 1990s. Our Program from 2001 to the present
The Culture of Democracy
Components of the Culture of Democracy. Democratic values. Scientific consensus on the concept of value. Influence of values on the behavior of the individual. Beliefs and norms. Ideology and values. Theories of political culture: commonalities and differences. The Postmodernization Theory: Emancipative or Self-Expression Values. The Social Capital Theory and the Civic Community. Approaches on Support for Democracy and Confidence in Institutions. The Civic Culture model. The Theory of Basic Human Values. The congruence hypothesis
Political Culture of Argentina
1983 – Present
Postmaterialism and Materialism
Postmaterialism refers to the degree to which the members of a society, as a result of socio-economic development, give less priority to materialistic values linked to basic economic needs and physical security, and more primacy to higher order needs, such as political freedom, participation and quality of life. Generational value change in Argentina. Regional differences. Impact of the recurrent economic crisis on postmaterialism. The influence of education and income. Inglehart’s postmaterialist values indices in Argentina. See Statistics: Postmaterialists and Materialists in Argentina 1984-2013