Political culture in Britain
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This chapter identifies a number of factors and suggests how they might influence the political culture of Britain. Two historical features can be identified that have been especially important in the development of Britain's political culture: sequential solving of major problem and the centuries-long adventure of the British Empire. The British economy has been able to evolve from an agricultural to a highly industrialised country with only minimal dislocation. Although Britain does not have a written constitution, it has its own unique system of government, parts of which are warmly supported and others of which are not. The chapter also discusses other aspects of British political culture such as the absence of extremism, the changes of the 1960s when a bonfire was made of the rules of deference, the decline of deference's impact on crime, and the post-1945 welfare schemes such as free education and free health care.

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