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Political Ideologies

Paul Wetherly

Publication Date - 25 July 2017

ISBN: 9780198727859

456 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

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The most practically applied approach to political ideologies


Political Ideologies provides a wide-ranging introduction to both classical and contemporary political ideologies. Ideologies are presented as frameworks of interpretation and political commitment, encouraging readers to evaluate how ideologies work in practice, the problematic links between ideas and political action, and the impact of ideologies in the world. The text's pedagogical features encourage students to think critically, viewing different ideologies as competing and contestable ways of interpreting the political world.


  • Adopts a global outlook by presenting ideologies with essentially European origins as having an increasingly global reach and different national versions
  • 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 Metropolitan 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 Metropolitan University

Stephen Hood, Lecturer in Political Theory at Manchester University

Aristotle Kallis, Professor of History at Lancaster University

Mark Langan, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Applied Global Ethics at Leeds Metropolitan University

Dorron Otter, Principal Lecturer in Politics at Leeds Metropolitan University

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

Robin Redhead, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Leeds Metropolitan University


"The case studies are excellent and help students apply theory to real-world situations." --Jacqui Briggs, University of Lincoln

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

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: ideology, politics and policy
    2. Liberalism
    3. Conservatism
    4. Socialism and communism
    5. Anarchism
    6. Nationalism
    7. Fascism and the radical right
    8. Reviewing the 'classical' legacy
    9. Feminism
    10. Environmentalism
    11. Multiculturalism
    12. Religion, politics and fundamentalism
    13. Beyond ideology?