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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd Revised edition edition (17 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333961781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333961780
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.9 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Heywood is the leading writer of politics textbooks in the UK, and an AS and A Level Chief Examiner in Government and Politics. He was Vice Principal of Croydon College and had previously been Director of Studies at Orpington College. His main research interests are political ideologies, political theory and global politics. Andrew Heywood currently works as a freelance author and consultant.

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"The great merit of Andrew Heywood's book is that he takes ideology seriously, and explores patiently and with admirable clarity the different characteristics of the classic western ideologies, as well as the new themes and directions of recent ideological thought. He has produced one of the best available introductions to the subject anywhere in print." --Andrew Gamble, Sheffield University

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ANDREW HEYWOOD is Director of Studies and Course Director for Politics at Orpington College. He is the author of Political Ideologies (second edition), Political Theory (second edition), and Key Concepts in Politics. He is an A-Level Chief Examiner in Government and Politics.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DelWij VINE VOICE on 18 Feb 2006
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I read this book during a course of study in health policy during which a basic understanding of political ideology was pretty important. Coming from a scientific background I had very little prior knowledge of politics but I found that the style of Andrew Heywood's book was extremely clear. He outlines key ideas in Political Ideology in the context of their historical development, so one gets a good idea of how different social circumstances for example influenced the evolution of political ideas. There is also very clear explanation of the various areas of overlap between the various ideologies e.g. between Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism.
As someone who is not an expert in politics, I am unable to suggest personally whether the book expresses accurate information regarding the development of poltical ideologies but I used alot of information from the book in assignments which were marked by tutors who are extremly well versed in political ideology and they did not express any concerns about the ideas being excessively partial or biased.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Coppin on 27 Nov 2006
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I bought this book because I felt ignorant about politics - I wanted to know the difference between left-wing and right-wing; I wanted to know the connections (if any) between communism, democracy, fascism and feminism.

This book answered all of those questions, and many more. It is an extremely clear and well laid out book, that takes you step-by-step through a whole range of political ideologies. It makes clear the internal tensions, and the surprising similarities between seemingly opposing views.

I found the style fairly easy to read, and it didn't assume too much prior knowledge. I found some of the later chapters on subjects such as ecologism, feminism and religious fundamentalism to be a little less well explored, and it was sometimes hard to see exactly how they fitted with the other subjects in the book. Apart from that, I'd say this is as good an introduction to the subject as you could hope to find. Definitely recommended.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jan 2002
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...The book starts by outlining its main aims in helping the student, and examines the terms such as 'Left' and 'Right' in the political spectrum. Heywood then goes on to examine each major political ideology and their branches in their appropriate chapters, working through them in chronological order, and putting them within their own contexts, and highlighting their significance. Furthermore, 'micro-biographies', in small boxes, with regards to political and philosophical thinkers, are included throughout, with their contributions to the ideas in question fully emphasized. If this isn't enough, there are numerous 'Perspectives on...' boxes spread throughout the text, showing specifically where each ideology stands with regards to certain polemic or unclear topics, such as Racism or Women in Society. As far as I can remember, the following ideologies are included, more or less in this order: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism (with Marxism), Anarchism, Fascism, Feminism, Ecologism, Religious Fundamentalism, although it is quite possible I've left some out.
This is a unique book, in that it's unbelievably easy to read and take in, and answers most questions you would have regarding political philosophy. As well as this, since passing on to university, my own copy of Heywood's Political Ideologies has served me well, even though I'm reading History now. Many Undergraduates and Postgraduates researching Politics and Philosophy also find this an invaluable tool for study (I have this on good authority!), and to sum up, anyone remotely interested in this field would find it to be a priceless addition to their personal library. A masterpiece!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug 2001
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Without offending, I would like to say that this book is the bible of politics. Andrew Heywood gives an excellent great introduction to politics. As a degree student who had never studied politics, I found this book very useful as a book that I could refer to or as a first point to a subject that I may be studing! The introduction to political ideologies is also a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Dablin on 6 May 2007
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This book deals very simply with political ideologies. It covers an enormous amount, from feminism and fundamentialism to communism and collectivism. Not only does it go into detail about the founding of the ideology - it also talks about it's development and it's relation to that political view in modern times and what has changed it. It has loads of little 'boxes' which talk about the various ideologies and their viewpoint on things, and an excellent section on comparative ideologies.

This book is a must for any ideological fiend - whether at A-level, post grad or just for fun!but
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cath.salt@aol.com on 24 Oct 2001
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This book makes the most complex of ideas totally comprehensible. It not only gives a good general desciption on ideological beliefs but it also includes detail on the subject. It is ideal for studying for a politics A-level.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 2001
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A clear and useful introduction to theory that does not mess you around justifying it's price by volume of words.
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A good book. It offers thorough description of a range of ideologies relevant to any politics course and is also a good reference. However it's design is not sufficiently analyatical or comparative for most students. Ideologies are treated well yet concepts like the individual and the state often recieve only superficial analysis.
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