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Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Freeden

26 June 2003

ISBN: 9780192802811

160 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



Ideology is one of the most controversial terms in the political vocabulary, inciting both revulsion and inspiration. This book explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking, without which we cannot make sense of the political world. The reader is introduced to their vitality and force, utilizing insights from a range of disciplines, and through examining the arguments of the main ideologies.

  • A clear presentation of the controversies surrounding ideology
  • An examination of the major theories of ideology and the ways in which they have enriched our comprehension of ideology
  • An argument for the importance of ideology in understanding the nature of politics
  • Acquainting the reader with the latest methods of analysing ideologies from a wide range of disciplines
  • Explains why ideologies deserve respect as a major form of political thinking

About the Author(s)

Michael Freeden, Professor of Politics, University of Nottingham


This book, though physically small, is large in intellectual stature...For students of politics or lay readers wishing to know about ideology, one could not wish for a better text. It is a splendid model of consicison and clarity...an excellent little book that provides the best introduction available to the 'concept of ideology.' It is to be highly recommended. - Andrew Vincent, Contemporary Political Theory

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