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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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Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal
Seventh Edition

Terence Ball
Richard Dagger


The new edition of this bestselling text continues to provide an accessible overview of the 21st century’s major political ideologies, their origins, and their development. In addition to examining the major “isms” — liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and fascism — the book explores the history, structure, supporting arguments, and internal complexities of these and recently emerging ideologies.


The text outlines a framework defining each ideology in terms of the four functions ideologies performs — explanation, evaluation, orientation, and political program — allowing students to compare, contrast, and analyze the various ideologies. In addition, the book also shows how each ideology interprets “democracy” (which the authors characterize as an ideal rather than an ideology) and “freedom.” In examining the latter notion, the authors analyze each ideology’s view of freedom in terms of agent, obstacle, and goal.


New to the Seventh Edition

  • A discussion of the cultural preconditions of democracy and of their relevance for recent attempts to “democratize” formerly undemocratic countries in Chapter 2.

  • Emerging tensions within liberalism regarding limits upon tolerating intolerant ideologies and political movements, especially as exemplified in recent European experience, in Chapter 3.

  • Emerging tensions within conservatism, especially between religious right conservatism and other varieties of conservative theory and practice, and between neoconservatism and its conservative critics in Chapter 4.

  • An entirely new discussion of Christian evangelical environmentalism or “Creation care” in Chapter  9.

  • Greatly expanded coverage of radical Islamism, including deep divisions within Islam, rival interpretations of the Qur’an, and whether it makes sense to speak of “Islamic fascism” or “Islamofascism” in Chapter 10.

  • Useful website listings within and at the end of each chapter.

Also Available Terrence Ball and Richard Dagger, Ideals and Ideologies: A Reader, 7/e (0-205-60735-7)
A compilation of original readings from a wide range of ideological perspectives, this text puts students directly in touch with the thinkers and the ideas that have shaped our world. Pair the text and reader and receive a discount on the package price. Contact your representative for more information and to request a special package ISBN. www.pearsonhighered.com/replocator

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Interesting! July 6 2013
By Jerrica - Published on Amazon.com
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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
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good book. interesting. ideologies are the Koolest!
Must Read Textbook Feb. 16 2015
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Read this and see how stupid people are.
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Poltical Ideologies as a textbook Sept. 29 2005
By Erica Famojure - Published on Amazon.com
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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...
Four Stars March 5 2015
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