Political essay

Topics: Communism, People's Republic of China, United States Pages: 4 (1549 words) Published: April 18, 2014


For the purpose of this essay, I will compare the political culture of the United States of America and China. Political culture of a country is the citizens bearings, choices and orientation towards the political system of the country, the proccess by which policy is made and the results and outcomes of these policies after they are implemented. It is the acceptance and general expectations of the public towards the process and results, as well as its relationship with the Government implementing policy and changes. In short, The political culture defines the relationship of citizens to government, to one another, and to the economy. Examples of political culture on all three of these levels include pride of the national identity, legitimacy of the Government and policy priorities of the Government. As well as this, I will attempt to compare the political socialization present in these two nations – how values are formed and the way in which the political culture is passed from generations. The main factors affecting this are the family, school, fellow citizens and peers, as well as the many, and often influential interest groups and the media. Recent trends that have affected the political cultures of the nations I have chosen to examine are marketization, globalisation and democratisation., which I will also discuss in this essay. In China, there has been many changes over the last decades, with much reform and diversification. There is no doubt that changes within the country, as well as factors outside of China, have affected the political culture that we see today. Likewise in the United States of America, although there has not been as much change and developments as its counterpart, the political culture is a very distinctive aspect of political life in the US that shapes the many of the political institutions that are present in the US. The 1990s saw a huge increase of democratisation and changing of Government regimes, as democracy was adopted...
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