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Political Culture and Political Characteristics of the American States: A Consideration of Some Old and New Questions

Jody L. Fitzpatrick and Rodney E. Hero
The Western Political Quarterly
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Mar., 1988), pp. 145-153
DOI: 10.2307/448462
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/448462
Page Count: 9
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Political Culture and Political Characteristics of the American States: A Consideration of Some Old and New Questions
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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between the political culture of the American states and their institutional structures, processes, and policies. Considerable research hasdemonstrated relationships between political culture and individual behavior, but results at the institutional level have been mixed. Hypotheses are formulated concerning the relationship of political culture to political behavior (party competition and the policy relevance of that competition), institutional structure (use of merit systems), institutional processes (state-local centralization and use of mandates) and policy outcomes (policy innovation and economic inequality). Results confirm hypothesized relationships between political culture and party competition and its policy relevance, use of merit systems, policy innovation, and economic inequality in the presence of statistical controls for affluence, industrialization, population, and urbanization.

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