Political culture as context for evaluation


  • Peter Dahler-Larsen,

    1. Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Thomas A. Schwandt

    1. Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Senior Fellow, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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One way to understand the context of evaluation is in terms of its interaction with political culture. That culture includes citizens' views of the role of government and of evaluation and the history of the polity. This chapter illustrates the relationship of political culture and evaluation by means of two accounts of Danish political culture. The chapter also draws on this analysis to stimulate our thinking on the very idea of how context can be studied. © Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the American Evaluation Association.