A coherent way of thinking about how politics and government ought to be carried out.
Five important elements of the American view of the political system
4) Civic duty
5) Individual Responsibility
A belief that one has an obligation to participate in civic and political affairs.
A belief that one can affect government policies.
Civic Duty and Civic Competence
Studies show that Americans have a much stronger sense of these than other nations.
Because of this, many of the colonists believed that nobody could be trusted with power.
A belief that you are a member of an economic group whose interests are opposed to people in other such groups.
A belief that morality and religion ought to be of decisive importance.
A belief that personal freedom and solving social problems are more important than religion.
A belief that you can take part in politics (internal _____) or that the government will respond to the citizenry (external _______). Somewhat disturbingly, this has recently declined in American political culture.
The ability to understand and take part in politics.
The willingness of the state to respond to the citizenry.
Since the mid-1960s, there has been a fairly sharp drop in one of the two senses of political efficacy. Which one is it?
It has increased
What has happened to American political tolerance over the course of the 20th century?
In recent surveys, were Americans more likely to worry that the government would become too tolerant of behaviors that are bad for society, or too intolerant of behaviors that don't do any real harm to society?
Recently, have Americans believed that it is more important to defend traditional standards of right and wrong, or to protect the rights of individuals?