The analysis of the impediments to political development is one of the most important discussions which has major theoretical and political consequences. This analysis has been controversial and many different aspects have been introduced as elements for political underdevelopment. In this study, Dal Seung Yu takes culture, a key element in this discussion, and explains the major cultural impediments to political development in Iran. He focuses on the historical attitudes of people towards the political management of the society and the effect these attitudes have on slowing the development of this political system in the society. Those concerned with Iran, the Middle East and political culture will be extremely interested in this provocative text.
’…an interesting, thought-provoking book…a book worthy of serious attention.’ Democratization
Contents: Introduction: Theoretical basis and conceptual framework. Ancient Culture: Absolute Authority: The Asiatic mode of production and Eastern autocracy; The roots and character of traditional political culture in Iran; Political culture of Eastern autocracy. Positive Factors for Political Development: Positive factors in Iranian development; Traditional culture and new political institutions. Negative Factors for Political Development: Traditional Culture and Democratic Development in Iran; Authoritarian functioning of the system; Relation of traditional culture to the authoritarian functioning of the system; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.