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Political Ideologies

A Reader and Guide

Edited by Matthew Festenstein and Michael Kenny

Publication Date - 14 April 2005

ISBN: 9780199248377

472 pages

In Stock


Political Ideologies provides an extensive collection of extracts from the texts of major intellectuals, politicians, and writers who represent some of the most important ideological traditions in modern politics. The first volume to provide such an extensive range of texts and to cover both established and newer political ideologies, it illustrates the complex evolution of ideological traditions in various national settings and highlights how these traditions developed. Accompanying editorial commentaries offer a general historical introduction to each thinker and text; highlight key thematic features of the passages; and point out significant overlaps and areas of contention between different authors within and across various traditions.


  • Distinctively large collection of extracts from primary texts in political thought and ideology, allowing students to choose material to fit course requirements
  • The extracts are interspersed with editorial commentaries that give an account of the intellectual shape and development of each ideology, making the book an even more effective one to learn from
  • Covers all of the main traditions of political thought in Western politics, mapping on to an entire course in this area and being able to be used as a 'stand-alone' text
  • The lively reader-friendly writing style makes a complex subject readily accessible to all students

About the Author(s)

Matthew Festenstein is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. His research is in political theory and late nineteenth and early twentieth century political thought.

Michael Kenny is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals New Political Economy and Contemporary Political Theory.

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