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Jowitt: New World Disorder

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Jowitt. 1992. New World Disorder. Originally published in 1974, with some revision.

A study of Leninist regimes from a political culture perspective. Jowitt wishes to study political culture and political structure (institutions) to see how they interact, viewing political culture "largely [as] a response to a regime with a given organizational format" (54).

Jowitt sees three types of political culture that can exist: elite, regime, and community culture. Elites' culture grows out of what formed them: partisan war, a movement, etc. Regime culture is the response to the institutions governing economic, social, and political life. Community culture is the interaction between regime/authority (including e.g. churches) and the community.


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Jowitt, Kenneth (author)Political ScienceComparative PoliticsSocial CapitalPost-CommunismCulture

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