The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations

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Gabriel A. Almond, Sidney Verba
SAGE, May 1, 1989 - Political Science - 379 pages
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This classic text is a comparative political study, based on extensive survey data that defined and analysed the Greek concept of civic virtuelture: the political and social attitudes that are crucial to the success of modern democracy in Western nations. Cited extensively, the book was origionall published in 1963.

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User Review  - Steven Peterson - Goodreads

This five nation study is a genuine classic and still worth reading. The focus is the nature of civic culture in these various countries. What is the nature of the culture? How does it affect politics ... Read full review

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nice methodology, idiots Read full review


The civic culture Types of political culture
The impact of government Awareness of politics
Feelings Toward Government and Politics
Paeerns of Partisanship
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Citizen Competence and Subject Competence
Civic cooperation and freedom to communicate
Civic cooperation and social values Civic coop
The distribution of voluntary association mem
bership Organizational membership and political
Chapter XI
Profiles of Nations and Groups
Chapter XIII

Competence Participation and Political
Competence and democratic values The self
Leisure time and sociability Valuing outgoing

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About the author (1989)

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, American political scientist Gabriel Almond was educated at the University of Chicago. During World War II, he was associated with the Office of War Information and also with the War Department in Europe. After the war he served on the faculties of several universities, including Princeton University, Yale University, and Stanford University. He has also been visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and the University of Belo Horizonte in Brazil as well as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Air Force. Almond is most noted for his work in comparative politics and comparative political systems. He is the author and coauthor of several landmark books, including The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations The Civic Culture: (1963), a seminal piece in the field (coauthored with Sidney Verba). Among Almond's other well-known works are The Politics of Developing Areas (1960) and Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach (1966). A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Political Science Association, Almond received the James Madison Award in 1972 for his work in the field.

Sidney Verba is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University.

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