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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Comparative Methods in Transformation Research: Political Culture

Comparative Methods in Transformation Research: Political Culture

(p.231) Chapter 23 Comparative Methods in Transformation Research: Political Culture
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Dirk Berg-Schlosser

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the obvious conflicts between political culture as a long-term historical only, slowly changing phenomenon in times of rapid regime changes. It specifies this concept more closely and points to the linkages between macro and micro levels of analysis. In this respect, broadly representative research methods at the micro level, such as survey research, must be brought in line with broader historical developments and their consequences for political cultures at the macro level. At its core, this affects the question of the legitimacy of the old regimes and the future and stability of the emerging institutions. All this has to be seen in the context of the recent ‘wave’ of democratization in different parts of the world, but also taking into account the causes of democratic ‘backsliding’ and the reassertion of authoritarian regimes. Finally, the question is raised where these developments lead in the age of globalization and increasing intercultural exchanges.

Keywords:   political culture, congruence, macro level, micro level, survey research, historical approach, interpretative approach, universal culture, age of globalization

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