The dramatic changes in contemporary European politics associated with the rise of the New Right has created a new political culture which is the subject of this fascinating and informative book.
Contemporary Political Culture pioneers the application of the theory of postmodernism to Western political behaviour and political science. Underpinning the book is the observation that fundamental long-term changes in the contours of European political culture explain the rise of the new politics and recent political events. The authors offer a critical analysis of traditional theories, models and accounts of political culture, and -- an evaluation of the two contending contemporary explanatory models, postmodernism and po
Table of ContentsContemporary Political Culture - John R Gibbins An IntroductionChange and Continuity in Liberal Democratic Political Culture - Brian GirvinPolitical Change and Political Culture in Britain, 1959-87 - Richard TopfNeoconservatism and Value Change in the USA - Michael Minkenberg and Ronald Inglehart Tendencies in the Mass Public of a Postindustrial SocietyPostmodern Structures of Feeling - Bo Reimer Values and Life Styles in the Postmodern AgeSymbols and Politics as Culture in the Modern Situation - Ky[um]osti Pekonen The Problem and Prospects of the 'New'Changes in the Political Culture -- Challenges to The Trade Union Movement - Detlef Jahn The Debate on Nuclear Energy in Swedish and German Trade UnionsFrom 'Old Politics' to 'New Politics' - R[um]udiger Schmitt Three Decades of Peace Protest in West GermanyFrom Postindustrial Society to Postmodern Politics - Bryan S Turner The Political Sociology of Daniel BellNietzsche, Modernity and Politics - Ian ForbesIncommensurability, International Theory and the Fragmentation of Western Political Culture - Nick J RenggerObservations on Cultural Change and Postmodernism - Ronald InglehartConstructing Value Orientations - Bo Reimer A Reply to Ronald Inglehart