POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND THE LIBERAL CENTRE. This book is the fifth in a series of texts on government and politics designed for students and the general reader (see the author's other publications for a full list of titles). The books are linked but are designed to stand alone. Politics and political conflicts are shaped by ideas. Ideas give politics form, direction and purpose. Ideas define and differentiate political parties and their programmes. Ideas provide power-holders and power-seekers with views – distinctive and different – on how society ought to be organised, what constitutes ‘justice’ and how resources ought to be distributed. These ideas inform and justify action (or inaction). These packages are called ‘political ideology’ i.e. ideas applied specifically to politics. This text examines the origins and significance of political ideology, the various ways in which it can be categorised and understood and, finally, by way of example and illustration, it traces the emergence in the early modern world of the economic and political ideas underpinning the first and greatest of the modern ideologies - liberalism The text opens with a clear statement of Aims and Learning Outcomes to give clarity and direction to your reading. The subsequent text is then divided into easy-to-read sections on:
Defining political ideology
Categorising political ideologies
Post modernism - the end of ideology?
The birth of liberalism
From Whig to liberal
Classic and social liberalism
The Liberal Democrats
The text concludes with:
Political Ideology: A Summary
The material is carefully designed to equip the reader with a basic political vocabulary, an appreciation of the significance of politics as an important, pervasive and irreplaceable activity involving us all and a comprehensive understanding of the content and significance of political ideology in general and liberalism in particular.
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About the Author
Philip Tether has taught government and politics for over thirty years at a number of higher education institutions in the UK. During this time he has taught a wide variety of students and supervised many Masters dissertations and PhD theses. He has set and marked government and politics papers for a variety of examination boards. He has published extensively on a variety of political topics with particular emphasis on the politics of health including alcohol and HIV-AIDS and his current research interest is the business – government relationship. Philip Tether enjoys the theatre, cinema and walking the dogs. You will sometimes find him in the garden.