Political Ideology Today

Political Ideology Today

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An introduction to political ideologies, this book explains the nature of ideology and its part in political life. It then examines liberalism, socialism, conservatism, marxism, anarchism and fascism in turn, taking a broadly historical approach to show how each has evolved. The new right in the 1980s is also discussed, together with more recent developments in religious and sexual politics. Adams shows that contemporary ideological thinking is thriving, despite the "end of ideology" proclaimed after the capitalist West's triumph in the Cold War. He also discusses prospects for future ideological developments. This book is designed for A level students and undergraduates of politics, and political theory and philosophy.
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 127 x 127 x 31.75mm | 408.23g
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0719033470
  • 9780719033476

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: what is ideology?; an historical approach; the crucible of modernity. Part 2 Liberalism and democracy: Whigs and Republicans; radicals and revolutionaries; classical liberalism; social liberalism and European politics; American liberalism; problems of democracy and liberalism. Part 3 Conservatism and the Right: French reactionary conservatism; German romantic conservatism; radical conservatism; British conservatism; post-war conservatism. Part 4 Nationalism and internationalism: revolutionary and romantic nationalism; 19th-century nationalism; anti-colonial nationalism; pan-nationalism; the coherence and autonomy of nationalism; internationalism, federalism and conflict. Part 5 The varieties of socialism: primitive and classical socialisms; utopian socialism; international socialism; British socialism; social democracy in Britain; European socialism since 1945. Part 6 Anarchism: individualist anarchism; socialist anarchism; anarchism and Marxism; recent developments in anarchist theory; fundamentals and criticisms. Part 7 Classical Marxism: Hegel, Marx and Engels; the analysis of society and social change; capitalism, revolution and human nature; objections to Marx's theories; revision and revolution; the communist world after Lenin; the new Left and after; the collapse of communism.
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About Ian Adams

Ian Adams is Lecturer in Politics at Durham University
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