Much of politics takes place in our heads. ultimately, what we believe about the society in which we live may be more important than the reality of its power structure, and the actual distribution of resources and opportunities within it. Perception may not only be more important than reality; in practical terms, perception may be reality. this highlights the vital role played by what is called ‘political culture’. People’s beliefs, symbols and values structure both their attitude to the political process and, crucially, their view of the regime in which they live. however, there is signifi cant disagreement about the nature and role of the political culture, not least over whether it sustains democracy or is aligned with the interests of dominant groups. others have highlighted concerns about the political culture’s (apparently) declining capacity to foster civic engagement and a sense of social belonging.
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