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Political Ideologies: An Introduction [Paperback]

Andrew Heywood
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19 April 2007 0230521800 978-0230521803 4th edition
This revised and updated 4th edition of the leading text on political ideologies contains a new chapter on multiculturalism, consideration of the changing nature of ideological discourse, including the transition from 'traditional' to 'new' ideologies, and coverage of the impact of developments such as globalization and the 'war on terror'.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 4th edition edition (19 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230521800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230521803
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,601 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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ANDREW HEYWOOD is Vice Principal, Croydon College, UK, and A-Level Chief Examiner in Government and Politics. He is author of Politics, Political Theory and Key Concepts in Politics.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Up front I should note that I am a layman reader in this subject matter, I have no background or education in Politics. I purchased this book as a result of a long held frustration with my inability to accurately describe my belief system. Having now read this I now feel fully kitted up to accurately and concisely describe my own ideology, and those of people around me. Furthermore, it has a level of insight which has allowed me to begin to understand the thought process / motivation of those around me who believe differently to myself. I cannot recommend the contents enough. In terms of presentation, the book is broken down by ideology, working in roughly chronological order (from the early ideologies such as Liberalism, through to the modern beliefs such as Feminism and Ecologism). Throughout the book Heywood offers simple explanations of all specialist terms used, and when discussing key political and social concepts, compares and contrasts the views held in the larger ideological groups. For a first time reader, this book offers everything you need to take that first step into the ideological side of politics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook; shame about the binding. 19 April 2009
I do A Level politics and this book has been hugely helpful for the course, infact I'd probably go as far as to say it's one of the best textbooks I've ever had to use. It gives brilliant descrptions of the ideologies and the bibliography section reads like a reccommended reading list for anyone interested in politics.

Our class was given either a copy of the Fourth or Third edition and I ended up buying my own copy of the Third because the Fourth has two major problems. Firstly it doesn't have the brilliant glossary which the third edition had and secondly it falls apart once it's been in and out of your bag, carried around and read. Entire sections fall out and even though the Third edition is several years old they are still in tip-top shape, the fourth editions after under a year of use are covered in sello-tape and glue.

My advice? Buy the book but buy the Third edition second hand.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Antonis
Political Ideologies by Andrew Heywood is a great introduction to the various political ideologies that have shaped the modern world. The book covers Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Fascism, Anarchism, Feminism, Nationalism, Ecologism/Environmentalism, and Religious Fundamentalism, each in its own chapter with a brief history of the development of each ideology, their interconnections, and subsections to include other ideologies such as Marxism that is mentioned in the chapter of Socialism, and Nazism that is included in the chapter of Fascism.
The book also includes information of the various thinkers and activists of each ideology and their influence and contribution to it.
Due to a large number on background reading concerning political ideologies, I can guarantee that the book is overall unbiased and neutral, with the author giving his opinion only at the end of each chapter, while still providing a balanced argument.
Overall, Political Ideologies is a great book to be read by anyone interested in an easy and unbiased view on political ideologies, and is also a fine textbook for any student of political ideologies and/or politics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for A Level prep 26 Jun 2009
This book is the staple of many A Level classes around the country. It's written with the A Level Edexcel Route B (Political Ideologies) course in mind and its author, Andy Heywood, is the leading light within the exam board. This means that having the book gives you a significant advantage when preparing for the exam. Having taught the Route B course to year 13 A Level students for 10 years I can attest to its usefulness. The book is very straightfoward in its layout; each chapter covers a different ideology with origins, key themes & divisions analysed. It also includes helpful boxes of key thinkers and concepts. My students generally think very highly of it and a number of ex-students who have gone on to study politics at university tell me that it's been on the required reading list in their first year.

However, it doesn't get 5 stars here because students have frequently also complained that the writing can be somewhat 'dry' and there is a fair bit of unnecessary repetition throughout. A significant minority (often the less able) prefer the Neil McNaughton book, which goes by the same name, though from the perspective of preparing students for the exam this is (in a strictly utilitarian sense) more beneficial.

All in all a very good buy for students and interested amateurs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Heywood: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES 22 Jan 2011
By a Flynn
One could say the literary style was a bit flat, and it does not quite connect political ideas back into the underlying cultural, social and belief context of the time (given that it is pretty historical)
However it is admirably clear, fluent, accurate and well organised, the work of a teacher who was also an Edexel chief examiner. Having, as a teacher myself, attended his conferences I can vouch for his strong grasp of the subject.
The books inserts on key thinkers and ideas are helpful to students who might lack ability to follow extended text, but that text is there too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Political Ideologies 7 Jan 2010
Very good book and met my expectations. The ideologies are well explained. However, the 2nd edition which I saw before buying mine (4th edition) explained some concepts better. eg. the concept of right, centre and left wings and pragmatism are better explained in 2nd edition.
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