Political Ideology Today

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Political Science - 315 pages
This second edition of an established textbook on political ideology provides a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the powerful and persuasive ideas which have motivated the actions of both political leaders and the electorate. Political ideology today begins with an explanation of the nature of ideology and the part it plays in political life, and then looks at each of the main ideologies in turn. The book takes a broadly historical approach to show how each ideology has evolved as a tradition with a variety of sometimes conflicting forms. Liberalism, socialism, conservatism, Marxism, anarchism and fascism are all discussed, together with more recent developments in religious and sexual politics, environmentalism and animal rights. All of these are discussed in the light of recent important events, including the Asian financial crisis, the Balkan wars and the election of the New Labour government. The book also takes into account the growing importance of post-Marxism, communitarianism, multiculturalism, and postmodernism. 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, including the growth of small scale and local ideologies. This book is suitable for A level and undergraduate students of contemporary politics and political theory.
 

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Contents

Introduction page
1
Liberalism and democracy
10
Conservatism and the right
43
Nationalism and internationalism
64
Varieties of socialism
84
Liberal socialism in Britain
102
Anarchism
115
Recent developments in anarchist theory
129
Updating classical liberalism
204
Criticisms of the New Right
218
Feminism and liberation ideology
222
Green politics and ecologism
243
Religious fundamentalism
255
Globalisation postmodernity and the future of ideology
280
References and further reading
299
Varieties of socialism
302

Capitalism revolution and human nature
144
The New Left and after
159
Italian fascism
174
Neofascism
189

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Ian Adams is Lecturer in Politics at Durham University.

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