Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 3, 2015

byMichael Freeden

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Liberalism is one of the most central and pervasive political theories and ideologies, yet it is subject to different interpretations as well as misappropriations. Its history carries a crucial heritage of civilized thinking, of political practice, and of philosophical-ethical creativity. This Very Short Introduction unpacks the concept of liberalism and its various interpretations through three diverse approaches. Looking at its historical and theoretical development, analysing the liberal ideology, and understanding liberalism as a series of ethical and philosophical principles,this is a thorough exploration of the concept and practice of liberalism.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Liberalism is one of the most central and pervasive political theories and ideologies, yet it is subject to different interpretations as well as misappropriations. Its history carries a crucial heritage of civilized thinking, of political practice, and of philosophical-ethical creativity. This Very Short Introduction unpacks the concep...

Michael Freeden is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Nottingham and Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford. His books include The New Liberalism: An Ideology of Social Reform (Oxford, 1978); Liberalism Divided: A Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939 (Oxford, 1986); Ideologies and Political Theory:...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:June 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Navigating through liberalism2. The emergence of liberal narratives3. Layers of liberalism: disaggregating an ideology4. The morphology of liberalism: reaggregating an ideology5. Liberal luminaries6. Liberal philosophy: Ethical visions and academic colonizations7. Liberal Party Politics: The struggle over dominance8. Appropriations and misappropriations of liberalism9. The liberal balance sheet: achievements and failuresFurther readingIndex