Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach by Michael Freeden

Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach

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. In this important study, Michael Freeden 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 goes on to outline a powerful and sophisticated new theory of ideologies and argues 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 politicaltheory. From reviews of the hardback: 'What is on offer here is both a highly original and profoundly stimulating analysis of ideological thinking. Freeden's book will undoubtedly shape and redefine the field of 'ideological studies' as it presently stands, initiating fruitful lines of research for many years to come. . . . There ismuch to admire in this book.' History of European Ideas 'The approach is immensely illuminating. . . . The outstanding merit of Freeden's work is that he has shown what political philosophy presently lacks, and has done so by demonstrating that ideologies should not be dismissed as merely the 'poor cousins' of philosophies. Both political theory andpolitical philosophy have a great deal to learn from this book.' Radical Philosophy

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Michael Freeden is at Mansfield College, Oxford.
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Title:Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.26 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PART 1. Theorizing About Ideological Morphology1. Staking Out: The Distinctiveness of Analysing Ideologies2. Assembling: From Concepts to Ideologies3. Applying: The Concepts of Ideological MeaningPART II. Liberalism: The Dominant Ideology4. The `Grand Projects' of Liberalism5. New Liberal Successions: The Modernization of an Ideology6. The Challenge of Philosophical Liberalism: Contextualizing the Contemporary American Variant7. Mistaken Identities and Other Anomalies: The Liberal PretendersPART III. The Adaptability of Conservatism8. Theorizing about Conservative Ideology9. The Chimera of Conservative Dualism10. Forward to the Past - The Conservative RevivalPART IV. Socialism: The Containment of Transcendence11. The Congruence of Socialist Diversity12. Socialism, Liberty, and ChoicePART V. Transformation and Dilution: The Assault on Ideological Convention13. Feminism: The Recasting of Political Language14. Green Ideology: Retreat and Regrouping

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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