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The Theory of Political Culture

Stephen Welch


Political culture is an established and seemingly inescapable concept, but it has a deeply problematic standing in political science. While it is obvious that the cultural background has an influence on political life—whether it be in a country, a region, or for that matter an institution or a firm—what exactly this background consists of and how it has its influence is inadequately understood, is contested, or is set aside as unimportant. Remedying the poor standing of political culture research requires the construction of theory: theory that explains what political culture is and how it wor ... More

Keywords: political culture, theory, causation, interpretation, materialism, discursivism, practice, discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199553334
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553334.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Welch, author
Lecturer in Politics, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University