Political culture is essential to an understanding of government and politics in its many varieties. The preceding chapters looked at the structure, rules, and personalities of institutions, but in order to compare effectively, we need also to understand the ‘personalities’ of different political systems, as reflected in the beliefs, values, attitudes, and norms that characterize those systems. What do people expect of government, how much do they trust it, how do values vary in space and time, and how do attitudes compare in democratic and authoritarian systems? These are all critical questions that need to be answered.
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