In response to scores of requests, this textbook edition of Political Culture and Democracy in Developing Countries has been abridged to convey the core arguments of the book in a format appropriate for classroom use.
The authors explore the complex and reciprocal interactions between a society's dominant beliefs, values, and attitudes about politics and the nature of its political system. Among the issues they address are: to what extent is political culture cause or effect; how can its causal importance for democracy be weighed; what are the most important elements of a democratic political culture; and how are these elements developed over time?
- Foreword: The Return to Political Culture—Gabriel A. Almond.
- Introduction: Political Culture and Democracy—L. Diamond.
- Culture and Democratization in India—R. Sisson.
- Between Liberalism and Statism: African Political Cultures and Democracy—N. Chazan.
- Paths to Democracy and the Political Culture of Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua—J.A. Booth and M.A. Seligson.
- A Nonparadigmatic Search for Democracy in a Post-Confucian Culture: The Case of Taiwan, R.O.C.—A.Y.C. King.
- Autonomous Groups as Agents of Democratic Change in Communist and Post-Communist Eastern Europe—C. M. Sadowski.
- State Elites and Democratic Political Culture in Turkey—E. Ozbudun.
- Christian Democracy, Liberation Theology, and Political Culture in Latin America—P.E. Sigmund.
- Causes and Effects—L. Diamond.