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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: 29.7 x 1.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,846 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 By N. Miles on 10 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam Smith on 19 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. S. Richards on 26 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By a Flynn on 22 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aryeh on 6 Mar. 2012
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I bought this book as a student of A2 politics expecting little out of the ordinary. So from an student standpoint, I can only offer the best of reviews for this book. The information within is organised in a clear and easily accessible manner. Complex philophical concepts are tackled through the use of unambigious and concise language, a multitude of engaging, real-world examples and explicit comparisons with similar or contrasting concepts. The book introduces all the concepts at the exacly the right time, always contextualising them to enrich and deepen understanding. All together, if you are studying idealogies, you will be hard pressed to find a better book.

But this book did quite a lot more than that for me in particular. To say this book was an eye opener would be an understatement. Coming from a very religious background, it formalised theological beliefs I have grown up with and placed them in the context of modern moral and philosphical debate. In explicitely decomposing the philosophical reasoning behind conservative moral and religious doctrines, and through the discussions of alternative or opposing beliefs, I became able to think outside the religious beliefs I grew up with and analyse them critically for what they are. Thus, this book is also an excellent starting point for anyone looking for a more open mind.
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