Area Handbook for Colombia

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CHAPTER 17
POLITICAL VALUES AND ATTITUDES

In 1969 political values and attitudes, derived largely from Hispanic authoritarian traditions and from a focus on regional or local rather than national issues, were gradually being modified as a result of industrialization, urbanization, improvements in transportation and communications, and the expanding role of government. With the exception of numerically insignificant groups of rightist and leftist extremists, almost all participants in the political processes professed adherence to the concept of democratic republicanism embodied in each of the country's constitutions and in the formal structure of government. The majority of the population, however, did not vote or otherwise participate in political affairs.

The bipartisan arrangement embodied in the National Front government since 1958 had to some extent mollified the tension and animosity between Liberals and Conservatives, which led to civil war in the 1940's and 1950's. Despite the low level of political participation, most Colombians had inherited strong emotional attachments to one of the two major political parties. The Conservative Party had been founded on the authoritarian traditions of Spain whereas the Liberal Party had been influenced by political philosophies emanating from Western Europe and the United States, but the positions of the two parties had evolved in response to changing conditions.

The upper-class leaders of both parties have recognized many categories of common interest and have tended to absorb potential leaders of the middle class. The lower class has not been able to cut across traditional partisan lines and organize on the basis of common interests.

Politicians have often decried the extent of foreign influence in the country, but nationalistic slogans have not had great appeal to the majority of the population. As a result of geographic and topographic barriers to communication, the rigidity of the social structure, and the intensity of party loyalty, allegiance to region, community, landlord, and party has generally been stronger than

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Foreword iii
  • Preface v
  • Country Summary vii
  • Table of Contents xi
  • Section I. Social 1
  • Chapter 2 - Physical Environment 7
  • Chapter 3 - Historical Setting 27
  • Chapter 4 - Population and Labor Force 63
  • Chapter 5 - Ethnic Groups and Languages 81
  • Chapter 6 - Social Structure 107
  • Chapter 7 - Family 127
  • Chapter 8 - Living Conditions 143
  • Chapter 9 - Education 175
  • Chapter 10 - Artistic and Intellectual Expression 203
  • Chapter 11 - Religion 229
  • Chapter 12 - Social Values 249
  • Section Ii. Political 261
  • Chapter 14 - Political Dynamics 279
  • Chapter 15 - Foreign Relations 297
  • Chapter 16 - Public Information 317
  • Chapter 17 - Political Values and Attitudes 339
  • Section Iii. Economic 353
  • Chapter 19 - Agriculture 363
  • Chapter 20 - Industry 393
  • Chapter 21 - Labor Relations and Organization 409
  • Chapter 22 - Domestic Trade 437
  • Chapter 23 - Foreign Economic Relations 455
  • Chapter 24 - Financial and Monetary System 479
  • Section Iv.National Security 497
  • Chapter 26 - The Armed Forces 515
  • Bibliographies 539
  • Glossary 561
  • Index 567
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