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3 CHANGES IN POLITICAL BEHAVIOUR AND POLITICAL CULTURE In order to explain changes in political behaviour and political culture we need to understand the roles of social forces and of political socialization, which we discuss in chapter 4. SOCIAL FACTORS AND FORCES We can identify five important developments, or social factors, which have become very significant in the last 20 years. The Rapid Rise in Levels of Education The general level of education among most populations has risen extremely rapidly within the last decades.
On many occasions in the United States when curfews were imposed, perhaps because of a riot and looting, security forces were given the right to shoot any one found moving around the streets during the period of curfew. In other words, the rights that are normal have abnormal limitations in order to protect the society as a whole. The main right now being debated in most democracies around the world, including Jamaica, is the right to privacy and personal freedom (and how to legitimately limit this right in the context of the war against terrorism).
THE DRIVE TO INDEPENDENCE In the second half of the twentieth century, around the world, groups of people rejected rule over them by other states. They wanted to have their own government, their own people ruling an independent state. As a result of this, the number of states has grown immensely. In 1945, there were approximately 50 states in the world; in 2000 the membership of the United Nations, reflecting the number of states that have developed, is 189. This means that in the years since 1945, approximately 139 states came into existence, because people in different parts of the world were no longer content to have others ruling over them, they wanted to rule themselves.