The debate over political culture and its importance has been with us for a very long time. Indeed, this debate goes back to the beginning of recorded history and of systematic political analysis in the ancient Greeks and Romans.1 Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates, the founders of political science, wrote and spoke about political culture and its influence in the early Greek city-states. So did the Roman writers, Cicero, Tacitus, Cato, and Marcus Aurelius.