The Difference Between France and Britain Essay

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The Difference Between France and Britain

Scholars from Aristotle onward have proposed that the characteristics of society directly affect the nature of government. If we apply this to Britain and France, we shall see that this proposal is definitely true. The difference between the British and French cultures becomes obvious when an assessment looks at their political systems, and each of the 6 structures, and the full range of the political culture's influence on each structure is understood.

Political socialization is the learning of your political culture; it is the process of acquiring the values and beliefs of the political system. Older generations pass on values and beliefs to the
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Political culture is the psychological dimension of politics. In order to understand politics, you must understand that it is more than structures and procedures, it is all about perception. The perception of the people includes the values, beliefs and attitudes people have about their political institutions and procedures. These values and beliefs determine the degree of legitimacy to which people attach to their political system, and give the government the right to exercise the power.

In Britain, the political culture has high trust in the political institutions, and is non-ideological with very high consensus. It is a pragmatic culture, any change in the existing political institutions is slow, and there is a high respect for tradition in that if something is ever needed to be changed, the past will still be preserved. They prefer to "pour old wine into new bottles", which is keeping the past alive in the present and future. There is a belief within Britain that everyone is born with the same natural rights to life, liberty and property. And that these rights should not be violated under any circumstance. France on the other hand, has a history of conflict and militarism. People believe meaningful change comes only from violent upheaval, with proof coming from having their 16th constitution

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