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Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (8th Edition) Paperback – Feb 19 2010

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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.

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Strongly biased book although well presented. Jan. 27 2014
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Format: Paperback
The first 3 chapters are actually quite good. The two chapters on Marxism are very bad. Have the authors studied Economics? Marx's economic analysis is absurd and its conclusions are wrong. The presentations on this topic are good, though. I can see that the authors know Marxism well. But maybe it should be put into appendix.

There are also numerous mistakes. I cannot understand why these mistakes could occur for such a widely used textbook, 8th edition no less. For example, China's Nationalist Revolution occurred in 1911 not 1905.

Even though the textbook I previously used: Andrew Heywood, "Political Ideologies," 4th ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. is not great (whose coverage on religious fundamentalism is plainly wrong), I consider it better than this one.
Interesting! July 6 2013
By Jerrica - Published on
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
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
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...
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A Super Textbook on Ideology Feb. 28 2001
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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.