Political Culture



Political culture includes formal rules as well as customs and traditions, sometimes referred to as “habits of the heart,” that are passed on generationally. People agree to abide by certain formal rules, such as the country’s constitution and codified laws.

Political culture no doubt constitutes a major ingredient and support mechanism for the survival of democratic governance. On observational basis, it also serves as an index through which political systems could be compared. Thus, the classification of political culture as parochial, subject and participant, and the manifestation of participant culture as that which is visible in developed State while parochial and subject as traits of new and emergent States of the third world or States that lack effective integration.