Political Ideology in Britain

Political Ideology in Britain

by Robert Leach
     
 

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This fully revised and updated second edition of Political Ideology in Britain provides a comprehensive assessment of the evolution of ideology in Britain provides a comprehensive assessment of the evolution of ideology in Britain and its changing role in British politics at the start of the twenty-first century.

The specific focus on ideology in Britain allows

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This fully revised and updated second edition of Political Ideology in Britain provides a comprehensive assessment of the evolution of ideology in Britain provides a comprehensive assessment of the evolution of ideology in Britain and its changing role in British politics at the start of the twenty-first century.

The specific focus on ideology in Britain allows the author to capture the interplay between ideas, institutions and political practice, and to illuminate the importance of ideas in politics and the constraints upon their implementation. Yet the author's approach is never insular. Distinctive British variants of ideologies are compared with international currents of thought and set against world-wide political developments.

This new edition has been updated throughout. It shows how major international developments, including new wars, genocides and acts of terrorism, as well as increased concerns over climate change and the impact of the global economic crisis, have transformed British political ideas. It also assesses the impact of a change of leadership on the ideology of each of Britain's major political parties.

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Booknews
Evaluating the changing role of ideology in contemporary British politics, this book describes contending ideologies and emphasizes their relations to the ideas, institutions, and practices of British political life. Chapters describe the content and applications of liberalism, conservatism, socialism, nationalism, fascism and racism, feminism, Green ideology, the New Right, and New Labour. Specifically British variants are compared and contrasted with international currents of thought. Leach teaches business at Leeds Metropolitan University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

Reviews of previous editions:

'A joy to read: well written with a clarity that will make it accessible to students, it is also very successful in achieving its objectives as an introduction to the main ideologies and their significance in British politics'
- Wyn Grant, University of Warwick

'Clearly and objectively written, this book will interest all students of political thought'
- M.Curtis, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230584730
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Series:
Contemporary Political Studies Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Leach was formerly Principal Lecturer in politics at Leeds Metropolitan University, now Leeds Beckett University, UK, where he is now a Visiting Reader, following his retirement from teaching. Recent books of his include The Politics Companion (2008) and British Politics (2011), both published by Palgrave - Macmillan Education.

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