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Political Culture and Political Preferences

  • David D. Laitin (a1) and Aaron Wildavsky (a2)


Aaron Wildavsky has argued that it is theoretically more useful to think of political preferences as rooted in political culture than to entertain alternative bases such as schemas or ideologies. In the APSA presidential address in which he made his case, Wildavsky also advocated a program of research on political cultures, and welcomed “challenges and improvements.” David Laitin accepts the invitation; he variously takes issue with Wildavsky's concept of political culture.



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American Political Science Review
  • ISSN: 0003-0554
  • EISSN: 1537-5943
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