Political Socialization's Primacy Principle: A Biosocial Critique

Albert Somit, Steven Ames Peterson

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Abstract

The primacy principle of political socialization claims that those political orientations that are learned early persist and shape later political learning. A survey of literature produces little empirical support for the principle. Furthermore, both the Piagetian cognitive development framework and Kagan's developmental perspective raise questions about the theoretical underpinnings of the primacy principle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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