Chapter 7 cultural determinants of democracy and dictatorship. Notion that cultural differences drive significant elements of political and economic life is commonplace. Claim that culture plays any role with respect to democracy has important implications for those wishing to spread democracy to regions of the world. Aeschylus contrasted authoritarianism (asia) and democracy (greece) in play the. Cultural modernization theory: socioeconomic development does not directly cause democracy; economic development produces certain cultural changes, such as the emergence of a civic culture, and it is these cultural changes that ultimately produce democratic reform. Both point to numerous non-cultural things that also affect democracy. Does democracy require a civic culture? (almond and verba) Reopened debate about culture and democracy only culture could provide the (cid:858)ps(cid:455)(cid:272)hologi(cid:272)al (cid:271)asis of de(cid:373)o(cid:272)(cid:396)atizatio(cid:374)(cid:859) Claimed that there were three basic types of political culture in the world: parochial: compatible with traditional political system of african tribes, subject: congruent with centralized authoritarian institutions, participant (civic): compatible with democracy.