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Political Ideologies

A Reader and Guide

Edited by Matthew Festenstein and Michael Kenny

10 February 2005

ISBN: 9780199248377

472 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99



This volume contains a large and diverse collection of the political writings and texts that have been central to the major ideological traditions in Western political life. These passages are interspersed with editorial commentaries that offer a general historical introduction to each thinker and the particular text, and highlight key thematic features of the passages.

  • Distinctively large collection of extracts from primary texts, covering all the main traditions in Western political thought, and allowing flexible choice of material to fit course requirements.
  • Wide choice of extracts from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, allowing the book to be used on lots of different courses.
  • The extracts are interspersed with substantial editorial commentaries that give an account of the intellectual shape and development of each ideology, designed to help students get a fuller understanding of the content.
  • The lively reader-friendly writing style makes a complex subject readily accessible to all students.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Matthew Festenstein, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield, and Michael Kenny, Reader in Politics, University of Sheffield

Table of Contents

    1. The Concept of Ideology
    2. Liberalism
    3. Conservatism
    4. Socialism
    5. Nationalism
    6. Feminism
    7. Ecologism
    8. Anarchism
    9. Fascism
    10. New Forms
    11. The Ends of Ideology


Review from previous edition 'This is by far the best available anthology on political ideologies. It should be required reading for all courses on the topic' - Professor Michael Freeden, University of Oxford

'This is simply the best single reader on political ideologies. The texts are judiciously chosen, they cover all the relevant issues, and allow students to examine not just the historical origins of different ideologies, but their contemporary transformations as well' - Professor Pratap Mehta, Harvard University

'The combination of lucid commentary and carefully selected extracts from primary sources makes this book an indispensable resource for students studying political ideologies' - Dr Steve Buckler, University of Birmingham