Political Tolerance

The concept of political tolerance refers to the tendency of individuals to allow free political expression of those groups/individuals who have thoughts and demands opposite to theirs (Gibson, Duch and Tedin 1992 demands; Marcus, Sullivan, Theiss-Morse and Stevens, 2005). The inclusion of tolerance as a political value, in different constitutional and legislative texts, drift from the acceptance by society of the existence of a set of rules agreed democratically that facilitate the free expression of views regardless of belonging to different social, racial, religious and political groups. A society composed of individuals with high levels of political tolerance allows an efficient and stable functioning of democracy (Jackman, 1978; Owen and Dennis, 1987). According to Gibson and Anderson (1985), this happens because the possession of political tolerance shapes the design of public policies in a given society. For all this, it is that states that political tolerance is considered one of the fundamental values of liberal democratic regimes.


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