Reason, Ideology and Politics

Reason, Ideology and Politics

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This book offers a new approach to the study of political ideology. Reviewing some of the dominant perspectives in political science, the author shows that a great deal of both theoretical thinking and empirical research has been hampered by an inadequate interpretation of the relationship between political thought and action. He argues that reason and ideology are parallel constructions of a thinking individual acting within a structured social setting. This construction takes several forms, each of which yields a distinctive way of understanding political events and acting in response to them. To support his theory, he presents several empirical studies of the sense people make of politics and international relations. Rosenberg also constructs a clear and compelling case for connecting Jean Piaget's thought to an understanding of the nature of ideology and political reasoning. In a discussion ranging from survey research on political attitudes and experimental work on cognition to the theoretical writings of Jurgen Habermas, he shows how his analytical standpoint has direct consequences for both empirical research and general theory in political science and sociology. The work provides an important theoretical and practical discussion which will determine the course of debate in this more

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  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 160 x 250mm | 539g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0745605516
  • 9780745605517

Table of contents

1. Introduction and Overview ; 2. The Empirical Study of Ideology: Comprehensiveness, Power & Heuristic Value ; 3. The Structural Developmental Approach: A Piagetian View of Epistemology & Psychology ; 4. Ideology and the Forms of Political Reasoning ; 5. Three Empirical Studies ; 6. Summary and Epilogue: Toward a Social Psychology of more