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Political Culture

Dates:
  • Mon 11 Jan 2021 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2021-01-11 15:00 2021-01-11 17:00 Europe/Paris Political Culture

Nomothetic accounts of politics have postulated a deductive framework to explain political behavior, in principle applicable across space and over time. In this framework, self-interest is the driving force of human action, dictating decisions based on two ingredients, both exogenously given: preferences and institutions. Within this set-up, culture has been treated as a residual quantity, devoid of any analytic power.

The purpose of this course is to unpack this residual. We will look at the following questions:

• What is culture?

• How is it formed?

• How does it persist over time?

• What forces lead to cultural change?

• What are the economic and political implications of culture? We will try to think about the impact of culture on the way people understand politics, form their attitudes and act politically. We will also pay attention to institutions and processes that either help culture transcend from one generation to the next or lead to its rupture.

Embedded in the discussion about culture are also other important concepts that we will look at, such as group identities and social norms. We will examine how social norms form, perist foster cultural persistence and under what conditions they change. We will look at the implications of culture on both economic and non-economic outcomes. In so doing, we will look at work on historical persistence and long-term effects. Finally, we will look at how culture is linked to the formation of group identity. We will look at both theoretical and empirical work on social identity theory.

Finally, we will look at the role of history in shaping political culture, paying also attention to institutions put in place to decide what historical narratives are to be transmitted within the polity. We will, that is, look into memory and explore its role in transforming political culture.

The seminar will be run via a discussion on the readings. Neither presentations nor response papers will be requested. You will however be eagerly asked to contribute in the discussion. Auditing is only accepted if you let me know well in advance, i.e. at least a week before the seminar. You will be expected to be as prepared as those taking credits. 

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Nomothetic accounts of politics have postulated a deductive framework to explain political behavior, in principle applicable across space and over time. In this framework, self-interest is the driving force of human action, dictating decisions based on two ingredients, both exogenously given: preferences and institutions. Within this set-up, culture has been treated as a residual quantity, devoid of any analytic power.

The purpose of this course is to unpack this residual. We will look at the following questions:

• What is culture?

• How is it formed?

• How does it persist over time?

• What forces lead to cultural change?

• What are the economic and political implications of culture? We will try to think about the impact of culture on the way people understand politics, form their attitudes and act politically. We will also pay attention to institutions and processes that either help culture transcend from one generation to the next or lead to its rupture.

Embedded in the discussion about culture are also other important concepts that we will look at, such as group identities and social norms. We will examine how social norms form, perist foster cultural persistence and under what conditions they change. We will look at the implications of culture on both economic and non-economic outcomes. In so doing, we will look at work on historical persistence and long-term effects. Finally, we will look at how culture is linked to the formation of group identity. We will look at both theoretical and empirical work on social identity theory.

Finally, we will look at the role of history in shaping political culture, paying also attention to institutions put in place to decide what historical narratives are to be transmitted within the polity. We will, that is, look into memory and explore its role in transforming political culture.

The seminar will be run via a discussion on the readings. Neither presentations nor response papers will be requested. You will however be eagerly asked to contribute in the discussion. Auditing is only accepted if you let me know well in advance, i.e. at least a week before the seminar. You will be expected to be as prepared as those taking credits. 


Location:
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Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Organiser:
Elias Dinas (EUI)

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