Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach

By Gabriel A. Almond; G. Bingham Powell Jr. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER X
Types of Political Systems: Modern Democratic and Authoritarian Forms

THIS CHAPTER is devoted to modern political systems: those in which there is a specialized political infrastructure consisting of associational interest groups, political parties, and media of communication. The emergence of a secularized political culture and an awareness of the role of government in changing human conditions are also common features. As the classification scheme introduced in the previous chapter has suggested, these systems differ among themselves according to the degree of autonomy of the structures and according to the degree of differentiation and secularization. They are, for the most part, the systems of the twentieth century; their common characteristics are bound up with their presence in a world of economic, cultural, and technological change.

It may be useful to have in mind the general classification scheme used in this and the preceding chapter. We reproduce, on page 256, the classification of modern systems from Chapter IX.


THE SECULARIZED CITY-STATE

The class of systems with differentiated political infrastructures includes, principally, systems of the contemporary world.

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