Political culture describes the beliefs, values, attitudes, and norms that characterize political systems. What do people expect of government, how much do they trust (or distrust) it, how do values vary in space and time, and how do attitudes compare in democratic and authoritarian systems? The answers to these questions are all essential to an understanding of government and politics in its many varieties. Reviewing the structure, rules, and dynamics of institutions – as we have done in the preceding chapters – is important, but in order to compare eff ectively, we need also to understand the ‘personalities’ of different political systems.
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