50 Political Ideas You Really Need to Know

50 Political Ideas You Really Need to Know

Hardback 50 Ideas You Really Need to Know Series

By (author) Ben Dupré

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 200mm x 25mm | 534g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1849162549
  • ISBN 13: 9781849162548
  • Sales rank: 96,326

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At a time of corrosive popular cynicism and profound international unease, the need for clarity over the fundamental concepts of politics has never been greater: the forces of Terrorism and Fundamentalism endanger our Security, while government responses to it pose a basic threat to Liberty, Democracy and Human rights. Corruption, Spin and a suspect Political culture arouse public indignation, which is further aggravated by an array of Pressure groups and the far-from-disinterested attentions of the Mass media. In 50 Political Ideas You Really Need to Know, Ben Dupre clears away the murk that obscures key concepts that we ignore at our peril. Justice, Liberty, Human rights, The social contract, Democracy, Tyranny, Federalism, Utopianism, Political violence, Revolution and change, Political culture, Monarchism, Republicanism, Secularism, Conservatism, Liberalism, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Anarchism, Fundamentalism, Multiculturalism, Labour movement, Women's movement, Green politics, Pressure groups, Constitutions, Parliaments, Presidential systems, Elections, Parties, Civil service/bureaucracy, Intelligence agencies, Mass media, Spin and propaganda, Wealth and poverty, Crime and punishment, Security and defence, Terrorism, Welfare, Race, Corruption, Political correctness, Realists and idealists, War and peace, Nations and nationalism, Imperialism, Isolationism, United Nations, Globalization.

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Author information

Ben Dupre read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience.

Table of contents

Introduction. POLITICAL THEORY: Liberty; Justice; Equality; Human rights; The social contract; Democracy; Monarchy; Tyranny; Utopianism; Revolution. IDEOLOGIES: Anarchism; Secularism; Republicanism; Capitalism; Conservatism; Liberalism; Socialism; Communism; Social democracy; Multiculturalism; Labour movement; Feminism; Green movement; Fascism; Fundamentalism; Islamism. THE MACHINERY OF POLITICS: The state; Constitutions; Presidential system; Parliaments; Political parties; Civil service; Media; Propaganda. THE STUFF OF POLITICS: Poverty; Crime; Security; Intelligence; Political violence; Welfare; Racism; Corruption; Political correctness. ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE: Realism; War; Nationalism; Imperialism; Isolationism; Globalization; United Nations. Glossary. Index.