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A World of Three CulturesHonor, Achievement and Joy$
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Miguel E. Basáñez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190270360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190270360.001.0001

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Historical Analysis

Historical Analysis

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(p.31) 1 Historical Analysis
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A World of Three Cultures
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Miguel E. Basáñez

Ronald F. Inglehart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190270360.003.0002

Political theorists have been examining the impact of culture and values on development for hundreds of years. Alexis de Tocqueville in the 19th century pointed to the importance of habits and mores in establishing democracy in the United States. Max Weber investigated how the values and beliefs of Protestantism promoted hard work, investment, and savings, and as a result, economic growth. Glen Dealy, writing more recently, investigates the differences between Latin American and Anglo American cultures, concluding that Latin culture is defined by leisure, grandeur, generosity, dignity, and manliness, while Anglo culture is motivated by industriousness, humility, frugality, spirit of service, and honesty.

Keywords:   Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, Glen Dealy, Protestant work ethic, political theory

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