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11th Edition

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal

ISBN 9780367235116
Published July 31, 2019 by Routledge
426 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal analyzes political ideologies to help readers understand individual ideologies, and the concept of ideology, from a political science perspective. This best-selling title promotes open-mindedness and develops critical thinking skills. It covers a wide variety of political ideologies from the traditional liberalism and conservatism to recent developments in liberation politics, the emergence of the Alt-Right, and environmental politics.


  • Focus on the recent rise of populism and an "illiberal democracy" and how this poses a real challenge to the pillars of Western Liberal democracy;
  • A look at early Conservatives and the idea of "natural aristocracy" with focus on the thoughts of Edmund Burke;
  • A new discussion on whether Donald Trump is really a conservative, and if so, to what extent this is true;
  • An expanded look at Stalinism and the apparent rebirth of "Mao Zedong thought" in China through "Xi Jinping thought";
  • A more in-depth look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party and how "myth" was crucial to legitimizing both the man and the party;
  • New section on the history of American Fascism, from its origins to the recent emergence of the "Alt-Right";
  • Expansion of the discussion around the recent protest movements Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo, along with the repercussions of these movements;
  • Discussion on the obstacles facing transgender people implemented in recent years, including the bathroom laws and the ban from US military service;
  • Account of how Donald Trump has galvanized the environmental movement like never before, through his ardent anti-environment policies and appointments;
  • In-depth look at how the effects of climate change are increasingly turning people into "environmental migrants" and how the presence of these people has fueled far-right movements across Europe and the US;
  • Additional photos throughout;
  • An updated, author-written Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank.

Table of Contents

Part One: Ideology and Democracy  1. Ideology and Ideologies  2. The Democratic Ideal  Part Two: The Development of Political Ideologies  3. Liberalism  4. Conservatism  5. Socialism and Communism: From More to Marx  6. Socialism and Communism After Marx  7. Fascism  Part Three Political Ideologies Today and Tomorrow  8. Liberation Ideologies and the Politics of Identity  9. "Green" Politics: Ecology as Ideology  10. Radical Islamism  11. Postscript: The Future of Ideology

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TERENCE BALL received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is now Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Arizona State University. He taught previously at the University of Minnesota and has held visiting professorships at Oxford University, Cambridge University, and the University of California, San Diego. His books include Transforming Political Discourse (1988), Reappraising Political Theory (1995), and a mystery novel, Rousseau’s Ghost (1998). He has also edited The Federalist (2003), James Madison (2008), Abraham Lincoln: Political Writings and Speeches (2013), and coedited The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Political Thought (2003).

RICHARD DAGGER earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and has taught at Arizona State University and Rhodes College, and the University of Richmond, where he is currently the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts. He is the author of many publications in political and legal philosophy, including Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism (1997) and Playing Fair: Political Obligation and the Problem of Punishment (2018).

DANIEL I. O’NEILL holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and is now Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He is the author of The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate: Savagery, Civilization, and Democracy (2007), coeditor of Illusion of Consent: Engaging with Carole Pateman (2008), and author, most recently, of Edmund Burke and the Conservative Logic of Empire (2016) .


"The fact that this book enters its 11th edition says a lot. It’s well-done, well-written, and quite comprehensive. This edition adds new coverage of global populism, illiberal regimes, ISIS, new material on Xi Jinping’s thought, as well as more on free trade, the Alt-Right, transgender rights, the rights of Native Peoples, and so on."Ralph G. Carter, Professor of Political Science, Texas Christian University

"Terence Ball, Richard Dagger and Daniel I. O’Neill offer a superb analysis of political ideologies with thoughtful and compelling contemporary examples. The text invites students into the contemporary debates about political ideologies, and provides an opportunity to critically examine and challenge their own political views and understandings. The authors' ability to balance the theoretical ideas with practical applications makes the eleventh edition even better than earlier versions of the text."Michael Cairo, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Transylvania University

"It is a pleasure to see this classic volume admirably updated with perceptive new discussions of pressing topics such as populism, illiberal democracy, fascism, the alt-right, democratic socialism, the "Me-too" movement, to name but a few. These topics are engaged not simply as add-on novelties, but carefully interrogated in terms of the central concerns of the volume regarding ideology and the prospects for democratic life."Stephen K. White, James Hart Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia