Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | July 30, 2003

byMichael Freeden

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Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking. It investigates the centrality of ideologyboth as a political phenomenon and as an organizing framework of political thought and action. It explores the changing understandings of ideology as a concept, and the arguments of the main ideologies. By employing the latest insights from a range of disciplines, the reader is introduced to thevitality and force of a crucial resource at the disposal of societies, through which sense and purpose is assigned to the political world.

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Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking. It investigates the centrality of ideologyboth as a political phenomenon and as an organ...

Michael Freeden is Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Director of its Centre for Political Ideologies, and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. Among his books are The New Liberalism: An Ideology of Social Reform (Clarendon Press, 1978); Liberalism Divided: A Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939 (Clare...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:July 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780192802811

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`This book, though physically small, is large in intellectual stature...For students of politics or lay readers wishing to know about ideology, one could not wish for a better text. It is a splendid model of consicison and clarity...an excellent little book that provides the best introductionavailable to the 'concept of ideology.' It is to be highly recommended.'Andrew Vincent, Contemporary Political Theory