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Learning DemocracyDemocratic and Economic Values in Unified Germany$
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Robert Rohrschneider

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295174.001.0001

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Charting the Inquiry

Charting the Inquiry

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Learning Democracy

Robert Rohrschneider

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the institutional learning model. The chapter examines how restraint, self-reliance, and corresponding ideals are developed together, and why a country's institutional framework is important in providing the people with opportunities to develop these cititizenship-qualities. The chapter suggests two criteria for examining when the effect of institutional learning may be offset by the diffusion of values, across systemic boundaries, at the level of mass public and political elite. It also establishes the relationship between ideological values, citizens's performance evaluations of existing institutions, and their support for these institutions. The chapter concludes that the institutional learning perspective bridges the gaps in the democratic transition literature.

Keywords:   restraint, political elite, institutional learning model, institutional framework, value diffusion, systemic boundaries, mass public, performance evaluations

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