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Lecture 10

POL214Y1 Lecture 10: Ideology and Political Culture

Political Science
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Nelson Wiseman

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Cabinet Shuffle:
Moved to new portfolios
o Minister Jody-Wilson Raybould from justice to Veterans Affairs Canada / associate
of defence
o Jane Philpott (Indigenous services) moves to become new President of Treasury
Board, replacing Scott Brison after resignation
o Seamus O'Regan becomes Minister of Indigenous Services
New ministers
o MP David Lametti (Montreal) will be elevated to cabinet to take over as attorney
o Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
Ideologies, Values, and Institutions:
What is a political culture?
o The values, beliefs, and behaviours of a society's members in relation to politics
o Relative weight that people assign to values such as freedom, equality, social order,
national prestige
o Characteristic patterns of citizen participation in politics
Political Culture:
Attitudes and orientations towards politics
o How people (of a social class, ethnic group, region, or nation) think about
How they are governed
How they should be governed
Political Culture versus Ideology:
Different from an ideology or religion
o Not a constrained belief system, but sets of attitudes or orientations distributed among
a certain population
o Can be evenly or unevenly distributed
o Widely or narrowly held
o Societies can have specific subcultures
Common to Distinguish Among:
Homogeneous versus fragmented political cultures
Mass versus elite political culture
o Mass
Attitudes and orientations towards politics held by an entire population
o Elite
Orientations held by those who have or are likely to hold power
Components of Political Culture:
o Conventionally accepted and reinforced in legal action of the state
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