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on 7 August 2014
I found this book really interesting although at the time I didn't take the time to read it properly.

I would read it again
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on 8 November 2009
fantastic book for political science students
easy reading full of informative material glad i have a copy
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on 11 January 2016
Useful at-a-glance reference work.
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on 15 June 2005
This book is written much more like a history text-book, rather than one suitable for political science. It details much factual information on many political ideologies, but there does not seem to be an underlying thread of reason underpinning much of it.
Perhaps what Heywood should recogize is that politics is a science (hence "political scientists"), and thus some elucidation of the logical structure of the various ideologies he tackles is necessary.
For instance, in his treatment of conservatism, he simply describes the various aspects of conservative belief, with some superficial explanation of why they believe what they do. But what is actually needed is some attempt at detailing the logical structure and basic premises that go to make the conservative canon.
So, for those accustomed to learning factual content by rote, this book may be for you. But for those who want to learn about the beautiful reasoning underpinning political ideology, I would steer clear of this one.
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on 30 January 2007
This book is an act of neolithic incompetence born of a desperate ambition for originality, but ultimatly fails by every possible method - it endeavours by re-analysis after re-analysis to make it seem as if we are covering new ground, and then attempts to round this overlong description off with bizarre new forms of categorisation that serve no academic or theoretical purpose beyond the fact that Mr. Heywood is both author of the text and chief examiner for Politics for an A-Level Board. This text is confusing, utterly vapid and tepid, and lacks any real merit as a piece of academia. I spurn it as I would spurn a rabid dog.
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on 1 May 2007
This book is rather tepid, with many spelling errors, page 243 "The second process if one of fragmentation" page 245 in the feminist chapter reads "the pubic/private sector" highly inappropriate mistake for this section. Some grammatical errors that I cannot recall the location of, but there are some. When I buy a book such as this, I look for something well written, not based around a bunch of pretentious carelessness. However, I enjoyed the part about fascism, and the contents are well laid out, easy to find what you want. More care to be taken next time on the part of Mr Heywood
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