Political Ideologies: An Introduction

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This is a concise and readable introductory textbook which covers the major ideologies. The introductory chapter charts the resurgence of ideological controversy in Britain during recent years, and examines some of the problems that surround the concept of ideology. There follow individual chapters on liberalism, conservatism, socialism, democracy, nationalism and fascism. The contributors all take a twofold approach: the origins and historical background of the ideologies are explored and then examined in their contemporary - mainly British - political context. Students will thus learn to appreciate both the history and philosophy of political ideologies, and their relevance to our modern political fabric. Each chapter concludes with a guide to further reading for students who wish to pursue particular topics in greater depth.

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Matthew Festenstein is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. His research is in political theory and late nineteenth and early twentieth century political thought.

Michael Kenny is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals New Political Economy and Contemporary Political Theory.

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Review from previous edition: "This is by far the best available anthology on political ideologies. It should be required reading for all courses on the topic."
Professor Michael Freeden, University of Oxford

"This is simply the best single reader on political ideologies. The texts are judiciously chosen, they cover all the relevant issues, and allow students to examine not just the historical origins of different ideologies, but their contemporary transformations as well."
Professor Pratap Mehta, Harvard University

"The combination of lucid commentary and carefully selected extracts from primary sources makes this book an indispensable resource for students studying political ideologies."

Dr Steve Buckler, University of Birmingham

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