Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach

Hardcover | October 1, 1996

byMichael Freeden

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Ideologies play a crucial role in the way we understand and shape the political world. But no one has yet satisfactorily explained the nature of ideologies themselves. Michael Freeden here offers a ground-breaking approach to the subject. Drawing on the political experience of Britain, France, Germany, and the USA over the past two centuries, the author provides an in-depth examination of the key political ideologies: liberalism, conservatism, socialism, feminism, and green political thought. He outlines a powerful andsophisticated new theory of ideologies, arguing that by paying special attention to the complexity, conceptual inter-relationship, and historical and contemporary context of ideologies we can both better understand them and reinvigorate the study of political theory.

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Ideologies play a crucial role in the way we understand and shape the political world. But no one has yet satisfactorily explained the nature of ideologies themselves. Michael Freeden here offers a ground-breaking approach to the subject. Drawing on the political experience of Britain, France, Germany, and the USA over the past two ce...

Michael Freeden is a Professor of Politics at Oxford University, and Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:604 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.5 inPublished:October 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198275323

ISBN - 13:9780198275329

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`What is attractive about Freeden's account is the eclecticism which his preliminary discussion recommends. Though he goes to considerable lengths to specify and anatomize the object of his enquiry, this does not preclude, but requires, a breadth of variety of approach and an awareness of amultiplicity of contextual factors ... he is never uninteresting, or less than impressively widely informed ... he has written a hugely useful and stimulating book, which it will be possible not only to read with enormous pleasure and excitement, but to return to for frequent conversational andargumentative engagements.'Rodney Barker, LSE, Twentieth Century, British History, vol 10, no 1, 1999