Poder y gobierno local en México, 1808–1857 is a study concerning local and regional political transformation during Mexico's transition from a colony to a republic. María del Carmen Salinas Sandoval, Diana Birrichaga Gardida, and Antonio Escobar Ohmstede contextualize their historiographical argument regarding Mexico's political culture by scrutinizing the debate initiated by several scholars in the 1950s. In the editors' opinion, the study of political culture has been dominated by a focus on the connection between culture and politics. Such scholarship believes that the political culture influences the political system. With this book, the editors intend to forsake the vision of the fifties and to offer a new proposal for studying the problem. Their approach consists of three dimensions, taken from the work of Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba: the cognitive (knowledge), the affective (feelings), and the evaluative (opinions). A fourth dimension, inspired...

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