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Author Adams, Ian, 1943-

Title Political ideology today / Ian Adams.

Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2001.

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 UniM Bail  320.5 ADAM    AVAILABLE
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description xi, 315 pages ; 24 cm
Series Politics today.
Notes Previous ed.: 1993.
Contents What is ideology? 1 -- An historical approach 5 -- Crucible of modernity 6 -- A new postmodern world? 8 -- 2 Liberalism and democracy 10 -- Whigs and republicans 10 -- Radicals and revolutionaries 15 -- Classical liberalism 20 -- Liberalism and progress 24 -- Social liberalism and European politics 28 -- American liberalism 32 -- Problems, criticisms and recent developments 36 -- 3 Conservatism and the right 43 -- French reactionary conservatism 44 -- German Romantic conservatism 46 -- Radical conservatism 48 -- British conservatism 54 -- European centre-right since 1945 59 -- 4 Nationalism and internationalism 64 -- Revolutionary and Romantic nationalism 65 -- Nineteenth-century nationalism 67 -- Anti-colonial nationalism 69 -- Pan-nationalism 73 -- Internationalism, federalism and conflict 76 -- Coherence and autonomy of nationalism 80 -- 5 Varieties of socialism 84 -- Primitive and classical socialisms 84 -- Utopian socialists 88 -- International socialism 94 -- British socialist tradition 96 -- Liberal socialism in Britain 102 -- European socialism since 1945 107 -- Neo-revisionism and the future of socialism 111 -- 6 Anarchism 115 -- Individualist anarchism 116 -- Socialist anarchism 120 -- Anarchism and Marxism 126 -- Recent developments in anarchist theory 129 -- Fundamentals and criticisms 133 -- 7 Marxism 137 -- Hegel, Marx and Engels 137 -- Analysis of society and social change 140 -- Capitalism, revolution and human nature 144 -- Objections to Marx's theories 149 -- Revision and revolution 151 -- Communist world after Lenin 156 -- New Left and after 159 -- Collapse of communism 163 -- End of Marxism? 165 -- 8 Racism and fascism 169 -- Nineteenth-century racism 169 -- Italian fascism 174 -- Hitler's national socialism 178 -- Admirers and followers 181 -- Race and ideology outside Europe 184 -- Neo-fascism 189 -- Extreme right in America 194 -- 9 New Right 199 -- From Swiss chalet to White House 199 -- Updating classical liberalism 204 -- Socialism and the dead hand of the state 207 -- Neo-liberal free society 210 -- New Right spectrum in America and Britain 214 -- Criticisms of the New Right 218 -- 10 Feminism and liberation ideology 222 -- Early feminism 222 -- Second wave feminism 227 -- Postfeminism, postmodernism and the future of the women's movement 234 -- Other liberation movements and ideologies 236 -- 11 Green politics and ecologism 243 -- Green movement 243 -- Green ideas 246 -- Green controversies 250 -- Criticisms of green ideas 253 -- 12 Religious fundamentalism 255 -- Islamic fundamentalism 256 -- Shia fundamentalism 262 -- Importance of Islam 267 -- Other religious fundamentalisms 270 -- Postmodernity and new religious movements 275 -- 13 Globalisation, postmodernity and the future of ideology 280 -- Cold War to globalisation 280 -- Modernity to postmodernity? 285 -- Theory of postmodernism 289 -- A new age of ideology? 294.
Summary This second edition of an established textbook on political ideology provides a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the powerful and persuasive ideas which have motivated the actions of both political leaders and the electorate.
Political ideology today begins with an explanation of the nature of ideology and the part it plays in political life, and then looks at each of the main ideologies in turn. The book takes a broadly historical approach to show how each ideology has evolved as a tradition with a variety of sometimes conflicting forms. Liberalism, socialism, conservatism, Marxism, anarchism and fascism are all discussed, together with more recent developments in religious and sexual politics, environmentalism and animal rights. All of these are discussed in the light of recent important events, including the Asian financial crisis, the Balkan wars and the election of the New Labour government. The book also takes into account the growing importance of post-Marxism, communitarianism, multiculturalism and postmodernism.
Adams shows that contemporary ideological thinking is thriving despite the 'end of ideology' proclaimed after the capitalist West's triumph in the Cold War. He also discusses prospects for future ideological developments, including the growth of small scale and local ideologies. This book is suitable for A level and undergraduate students of contemporary politics and political theory.
Subject Ideology.
Right and left (Political science)
ISBN 0719060206 (paperback) £13.99
0719060192