POLS 2910 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Multi-Level Governance, Central Canada, Seymour Martin Lipset

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Canadian political culture includes fragments of european heritage. Combination of conservatism (new france) and liberalism (british empire) Canadian system is unique due to dualism, u. s. a is unalist (single european origin; liberalism) Thesis: new societies and political cultures originate as fragments of larger, european societies. Adapted the fragment theory to explain some of the more significant differences between. "tory-touch": liberalism + conservatism led to a greater acceptance of socialism in canada. Tories made canadian liberalism different than american liberalism. U. s. has never had a socially democratic party, canada has had many. History of a country shapes its political culture. Political outcomes are the result of the particular way institutions are organized: state-centered approach. Political outcomes are tied to the way institutions are organized. Government is an institution that wields authority on behalf of the state; state authority. The constitution is an institution, a rule book crucial in determining political outcomes. Differs from pluralist, the focus is on institutions not individuals.

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