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William L. Miller, Annis May Timpson, and Michael Lessnoff

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279846.001.0001

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The Institutional Setting

The Institutional Setting

(p.364) 11 The Institutional Setting
Political Culture in Contemporary Britain

William L. Miller

Annis May Timpson

Michael Lessnoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks, both within Britain and beyond, for evidence that political culture reflects variations in the institutional and historical setting. In particular, it compares the political culture of Scotland with that of Britain as a whole; and compares the political culture of Britain with that of its former dominion, Canada. The aim is to consider whether, in fundamental respects, there is a common political culture that pervades these countries. The chapter tests the proposition that attitudes towards civil, political, and social rights reflect the limited — but not trivial — variations in the historical and institutional context between such closely connected, yet different, countries as Scotland, England, and Canada.

Keywords:   Scotland, England, Canada, political culture, public attitudes, civil rights, political rights, social rights

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