Jan 28 2014
P OLI C ULTURE AND P ARTIES & G ROUPS
Inequality and Minorities
Even in the 21 century , women in wealthy countries tend to make less money than men
Achieving equality for women
Liberal Feminism; discriminations, and working rights, political rights
Social Feminism; views capitalism as patriarchal
Radical Feminism; an attack on men
Liberals tend to do better with women political issues
Characterized by male dominance
Fundamental causes of environmental problems and a vision of an environmentally sustainable world.
We control nature and use it for out benefit without concern for the consequences
integrity of said ecosystem Renewable substitutes should be developed; renewable resources should not be used fast than the earth can create
them, the means for humans to survive in a particular ecosystem without destroying the ecosystem.
How to take action to deal with both environmentalism and sustainability
A wellfunctioning democracy requires not only a politically active citizenry and a particular set of political institutions,
but also a society and a political culture that foster trust and cooperation.
Political participation is also linked to education and other indicators of social class such as income
Young adults tend to vote less
Parties and Interest Groups
A party system refers to the basic pattern of relationships among political parties.
Interest groups ( or pressure groups, or advocacy groups) work to influence policy change in a specific area
Goal is to influence, not govern, through things called ‘movements’
Social Movement: a network of groups and individuals that seeks major social and political changes.
Political Socialization: the process by which the values, attitudes and beliefs of the political culture are
transmitted to members of the political community. There are a variety of different social agents.
Children are absorbed in their family members and immediate social lives, so although they may go through a period of
revolt, tend to vote later in life in similar patterns as their parents
BabyBoomers are likely to value postmaterialist values like freedom of expression, participation and in concern about
the quality of life ▯ greater activism, question of authority, and the development of new social movements based on
Political parties; organize electorate by providing vehicle for participation; organize election campaigns, organize
government by providing policy packages, organize government by providing pool of cabinet ministers.
Political Parties can provide a nonviolent medium for governmental change, can unify the country, provide national
symbols, heroes and villains, and exist to attempt to gain power.
Legislative bodies have always had factions composed of individual member with similar interests and perspectives Competitive Political Parties provide vehicles for the population to attempt to change the government without resorting
to violent revolution.