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Ideology: A Very Short Introduction

Michael Freeden

Publication Date - December 2003

ISBN: 9780192802811

160 pages

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Retail Price to Students: $11.95


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.


  • A clear presentation of the controversies surrounding ideology
  • An examination of the major theories of ideology and the ways they have enriched our comprehension of ideology
  • An argument for the importance of ideology in understanding the nature of politics
  • Acquaints the reader with the latest methods of analyzing 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 is Professor of Politics at Oxford University and Director of its Centre for Political Ideologies, and is Professorial Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford.