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“Far and away, Ball and Dagger provide the best introduction to political ideologies. They show how ideologies shape the way individuals understand the world and how thought and action are connected. Their books do not simply describe ideologies, but explain how they work–a real boon for those trying to teach political ideologies or trying to better understand them.”–Daniel I. O’Neill, University of Florida

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The aggressively revised new edition of this best-seller provides a clear, concise, and comprehensive introduction to the ideas and ideals that shake and shape our political world. 

Written with the firm belief that ideology is the driving force of nation-states, history, and politics, this innovative text covers the range of contemporary political ideologies, from the standard categories of liberalism, conservatism, and socialism to newly emerging ideological alternatives. Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal provides an accessible overview of the origin and development of these ideologies, and illustrates how each interprets democracy and freedom.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Interesting! July 6 2013
By Jerrica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a politics class at my university. It explained concepts in a way that I could easily understand with no prior political knowledge.
Worth the read Oct. 3 2014
By rockwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
good book. interesting. ideologies are the Koolest!
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Poltical Ideologies as a textbook Sept. 29 2005
By Erica Famojure - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am currently using this book in a Honors American Political Science course at Georgia State University. This book is very informative and does not add superfluous information like most textbooks do. However, there are some terms in the text that we as a class have found to be a bit contradictory; such as the term "individual conservative". This seems to be an oxymoron and my professor actually contacted Ball who just basically dodged the question...
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Super Textbook on Ideology Feb. 28 2001
By unraveler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a superb textbook. I used it in teaching ideology in upper division and lower division classes. Students find it accessible. Yet the book has the nuance and sophistication that are rare for a textbook. I higly recommend this book not just to those who teach ideology or poltical philosophy, but to any political scientist or historian.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good Introduction Oct. 14 2005
By M. Kalscheur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors make a noble effort to minimize bias and examine the various ideologies objectively. As a few of the negative reviews make clear, not everyone is satisfied with this book's objectivity. I would like to respectfully disagree and ask the reviewers to re-examine their own biases.