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The findings of Almond qnd Verba, Banfield, and Lerner suggest in fact that 'traditionals' are often insecure, mistrustful and poorly integrated in society. 48 5. ON PROBLEMS OF METHOD AND COMPARISON We have earlier suggested that contemporary studies of political culture tend to present empirically derived evidence in contrast with the traditional methods which relied heavily on intuition, reading and conversation. ' 114 In addition, the traditional studies were often tautological in their linking of the political culture to the political system.
Much of the reasoning about the cultural causes and consequences of the British two-party system, or the existence of the monarchy, or the monopoly of high political office by aristocrats, has fallen prey to this kind of circularity. Sume that the existence of institutions and procedures was proof of popular commitment to such institutions and values. We can avoid such risks by adopting certain research strategies. g. g. compliance with laws. An alternative approach is to infer beliefs from behaviour during a certain time-period and draw on these beliefs to explain behaviour in subsequent periods.
100 POLITICAL MOBILISATION The present Cuban and Communist Chinese politicalleaderships have regarded political participation as the major instrument for destroying the pre-existing cultural fabric. Cultural transformation is to be achieved via political action so that the citizens may actually 'experience' the revolution. In Cuba, Committees for the Defence of the Revolution mobilised the population for demonstrations and ceremonies, distributed scarce resources, instructed the masses in the meaning of the revolution, and assisted in work programmes.
Political Culture by Dennis Kavanagh (auth.)