5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great for A Level prep,
This review is from: Political Ideologies: An Introduction (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.