The New Culturalism of James Scott

in Theoria
Author: Jonathan Allen
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Studies of political culture occupied a prominent position in the mainstream of comparative political science during the 1950s and 1960s. Both modernisation theorists, such as Gabriel Almond, and theorists of the political system, such as David Easton, argued for the explanatory power of the concept of political culture. Although they differed concerning the appropriate definition of the concept, there was widespread agreement that political culture should be taken seriously as an independent, or at least an interdependent, variable in social scientific explanations of political phenomena. Aflood of case studies of political culture appeared, many of which have subsequently achieved the rank of political science classics.


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