Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 26, 2003 - Political Science - 160 pages
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Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, exciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book examines the reasons for those views, and explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking. It investigates the centrality of ideology both as a political phenomenon and as an organizing framework of political thought and action. It explores the changing understandings of ideology as a concept, and the arguments of the main ideologies. By employing the latest insights from a range of disciplines, the reader is introduced to the vitality and force of a crucial resource at the disposal of societies, through which sense and purpose is assigned to the political world. 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, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Review: Ideology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #95)

User Review  - Daan Olthoff - Goodreads

If one manages his way through the dense literary style of Freeden (pretty usual for the Very Short Introduction series), one finds this book highly useful as an introduction to the concept of ideology. Read full review

Review: Ideology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #95)

User Review  - Evelyn - Goodreads

Good introduction, great for using when revising. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Michael Freeden is Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Director of its Centre for Political Ideologies, and Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. Among his books are The New Liberalism: An Ideology of Social Reform (Clarendon Press, 1978); Liberalism Divided: A Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939 (Clarendon Press, 1986); Reappraising J.A. Hobson (ed.), (Unwin Hyman, 1990); Rights (Open University Press, 1991); Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach (Clarendon Press, 1996); Reassessing Political Ideologies: The Durability of Dissent (ed.) (Routledge, 2001). He is the founder-editor of the Journal of Political Ideologies.

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