A Renaissance of Political Culture?

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  • Miller R
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Abstract

Ever since Max Weber, many social scientists looked at the 'right' cultural attitudes and beliefs as necessary conditions ('prerequisites') for economic progress, just as earlier theories had emphasized race, climate, or the pres- ence of natural resources. In the 1950s, newly fashioned cultural theories of development competed strongly with the economic ones (which stressed capital formation), with Weber's Protestant Ethic being modernized into David McClelland's 'achievement motivation' as a precondition of prog- ress and into Edward C. Banfield's 'amoral familism' as an obstacle. Ac- cording to my way of thinking, the very attitudes alleged to be preconditions of industrialization could be generated on the job and 'on the way,' by certain characteristics of the industrialization process. (Hirschman 1984, 99)

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  • Robert W. Jackman

  • Ross A. Miller

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