The Civic Culture

Cover of the 1963 edition

1963 political science book by Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba.

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Sidney Verba

American political scientist, librarian and library administrator.

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Verba earned his Ph.D. at Princeton in 1959; and in 1963, he was named as a co-author with Almond in The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations. It popularized the idea of a political culture – a concept that includes national character and how people choose to govern themselves – as a fundamental aspect of society.

Gabriel Almond

American political scientist best known for his pioneering work on comparative politics, political development, and political culture.

His most famous work was The Civic Culture (1963), co-authored with Sidney Verba.

Democratic consolidation

Process by which a new democracy matures, in a way that it becomes unlikely to revert to authoritarianism without an external shock, and is regarded as the only available system of government within a country.

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Scholars Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba, in The Civic Culture (1963), argued that public participation in government and attitudes toward government were significant in democratic transition and consolidation.

Civic political culture

Political culture characterized by "acceptance of the authority of the state" and "a belief in participation in civic duties".

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The term was first used in Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba's book, The Civic Culture.