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Political Ideologies

Paul Wetherly

May 2017

ISBN: 9780198727859

464 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The most practically applied approach to political ideologies: evaluate critically, make links, think globally



The most practically applied approach to political ideologies: evaluate critically, make links, think globally

  • Adopts a global outlook by presenting ideologies with essentially European origins as having an increasingly global reach and different national versions
  • Each chapter uses case studies to demonstrate ideologies in practice, helping students to explore the problematic links between ideas and political action
  • Encourages students to think critically about ideologies, and to see ideologies as competing and contestable ways of interpreting the world

About the Author(s)

Paul Wetherly, Reader in Politics, Leeds Beckett University

David Bates, Principal Lecturer and Director of Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University

Mark Garnett, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Lancaster University

John Gregson, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University

Stephen Hood, Lecturer in Political Theory at Manchester University

Aristotle Kallis, Professor of History at Lancaster University

Mark Langan, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University

Dorron Otter, Principal Lecturer in Politics at Leeds Beckett University

Sophia Price, Principal Lecturer in Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University

Robin Redhead, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Leeds Beckett University

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction: ideology, politics and policy
    4:Socialism and communism
    7:Fascism and the radical right
    8:Reviewing the 'classical' legacy
    12:Religion, politics and fundamentalism
    13:Beyond ideology?


"'The case studies are excellent and help the student to locate the theory in reality.'" - Professor Jacqui Briggs, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln

"'The book succeeds in inviting the reader to engage in critical discussion and in linking ideology to politics.'" - Niklas Olsen, Associate Professor, Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen

"'Strikes right balance between depth of analysis and accessibility.'" - Professor Saul Newman, Goldsmiths University of London

"'An excellent-and rare-balance between being approachable and confronting the reader with potentially thorny theoretical questions.'" - Robin Barklis, University of Oregon

Additional Resources

Political Ideologies is accompanied by comprehensive online resources to support political ideology courses.

For students:

· Further reading and resources for each chapter to help students to undertake further research and deepen their understanding and critical thinking;
· Regular updates help students to keep up to date with ideologies as frameworks of understanding and political action in the real world

For lecturers:
· Indicative answers to questions in the book provide a framework for approaching these
· Powerpoint slides to support each chapter, providing an overview and key points to help with planning
· Further discussion and debate ideas, for use in seminars, encourage big picture thinking about the relationships between ideologies