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Using Political Ideas Paperback – 31 January 2014

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  • Publisher : Wiley; 6th edition (31 January 2014)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1118708385
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1118708385
  • Dimensions : 18.8 x 2.79 x 23.11 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

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Barbara Goodwin is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Her books include Justice by Lottery (2005) and Ethics at Work (2000) and several books on the political importance of utopian ideas. She has broadcast two series of programmes about democracy on the BBC World Service. Her interests range widely in politics, philosophy and social science.

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‘A gem of a book, with clear and insightful explanations of ideological positions with informed and thought-provoking case studies. Goodwin cleverly interweaves real-world examples and the influence of key thinkers in a discursive dialogue with the reader to ensure conceptual ideas are retained without losing any of the academic rigour. The format of this book is particularly useful for tutorial discussions on political theory or politics in practice.’
Jonathan Kirkup, Politics Lecturer, Cardiff University

 ‘Comprehensive, and covers the main ideologies in an interesting way . . . takes a critical and engaging perspective . . . framed in the context of debates around the meaning and purpose of theoretical enquiry . . . a more rewarding read than its competitors.’
Madeleine Davis, Department of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London

‘This book is pitched at a good level for bright and interested undergraduates . . . the combination of ideologies and concepts in one book is a major selling point.’
Paul Taggart, Professor of Politics, University of Sussex

‘It's great to see another edition of this excellent text book which gets to the heart of matters in a direct and student-friendly way.’
Mark Donovan, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Cardiff University

Using Political Ideas is a unique blend of political philosophy, political theory and history of political thought. It combines a critique of the major ideologies of recent and contemporary society with an analysis of the ideas that form the very stuff of political debate. By exposing the interplay between ideas and ideologies, it shows why political opponents often speak at cross-purposes and why rational agreement is so hard to achieve in politics.

The sixth edition of this well-respected and widely known text will be welcomed by those interested in questions such as:

  • Is equality more important than personal freedom?
  • Does the majority have the right to dictate to the minority in multicultural society?
  • Is nationalism a progressive force in the world?
Politics does not stand still, there are always new controversies and ideological conflicts and the climate of discussion changes. The sixth edition of this best-selling book is fully updated and includes a new chapter on authoritarian ideologies to reflect the growing extreme right-wing politics in parts of Europe. This edition also provides a variety of new learning features, a comprehensive glossary, detailed lists of further reading and a list of questions for discussion.

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