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Plaidoyer for the Restoration of the Concept of Political Culture or Bringing Political Culture Back In

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The paper underlines the importance of the concept of political culture by using two so highly different empirical examples as the role of Norwegian voluntary organizations as agents of cultural and social policies and Latin American attitudes towards revolution and democracy. The purpose of the disparity in the choice of examples is precisely to underline methodologically why a historical and typologocal approach is generally necessary in political analysis. The authors argue that sociological causal explanations are inadequate as long as one doesn't simultaneously consider the influence of both structure (external) and meaning (internal). The authors hope to demonstrate that without such a dual perspective it is possible to end up supporting phenomena which are not only doomed to failure but which even do not merit our support given certain values and interests.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway; 2: Centre for Management and Organizational Studies, University of Bergen, Norway


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