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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
- Best Sellers Rank: 489,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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?