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Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal

10th Edition

By Terence Ball, Richard Dagger, Daniel I. O’Neill


400 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal analyzes and compares 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 identity politics, green politics, and radical Islamism.


  • An expanded account of the right to vote and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
  • A new section on "fusionist" conservatism that attempts to ally different kinds of conservatives.
  • A discussion of Putin’s post-Soviet expansion of Russia’s territory and influence, the apparent rebirth of "Mao Zedong thought" in China, and the ideology of Juche in North Korea.
  • Coverage of "democratic socialism" in the context of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
  • Updates on fascism past and present.
  • A more in-depth account of the origins of black liberation and a discussion of the new "Black Lives Matter" movement.
  • New directions in feminist theory and the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
  • An account of Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical on the environment and humans’ duty to protect it.
  • An expanded discussion of radical Islamism, especially with regard to the varieties of Islamism, the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS), and the effects of recent terrorist attacks on national and international politics.
  • Discussion questions added to the end of each chapter.
  • Additional graphs and photos throughout.
  • An updated, author-written Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank.


For philosophical depth and breadth of coverage, Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal is simply without peer. It is the best political-ideologies textbook on the market, and its use of the concept of freedom to unify the analyses of ideologies as diverse as socialism, liberalism, conservatism, fascism, and political Islam is both innovative and insightful. The tenth edition does an even better job than earlier editions of connecting these ideologies to practical politics, as in its new discussions of Citizens United, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Putin's expansionist foreign policy.

Robert S. Taylor, University of California-Davis, USA

Ball, Dagger, and O’Neill cover a staggering range of material in this carefully conceived and cogently written text. That they do so while balancing serious attention to the historical contexts out of which ideologies emerge, with a keen sense of their relevance to contemporary problems and debates, makes this an impressive achievement.

Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh, USA

It is a real pleasure to see a new edition of this classic in the field of political theory and political ideologies. This edition retains the original perceptive framework of analysis, but it now also includes crucial and insightful updates on topics like Black Lives Matter and the Islamic State (ISIS). It should remain an excellent vehicle for instruction.

Stephen K. White, University of Virginia, USA

I have used Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal through multiple editions as required reading for an Intro to Political Science course. I particularly appreciate its exploration of a comprehensive array of both historical and contemporary ideologies and its writing at a level to make those understandable to an undergraduate audience. The latest edition combines new scholarship about long-standing ideologies and coverage of new developments regarding freedom of speech, Islamist ideologies, environmentalism, and so on.

Ralph G. Carter, Texas Christian University, USA

Ball, Dagger, and O'Neill's Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal is what students of politics have been waiting for--a thoughtful, critical, accessible, and engaging analysis of political ideologies. An outstanding update to previous editions, this text will serve students and professors of politics well.

Michael Cairo, Transylvania University, USA

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

About the Authors

Terence Ball received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University (emeritus). 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.

Richard Dagger earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is now Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond. He has taught at Arizona State University and Rhodes College, and has been a faculty fellow of the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, Tulane University.

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General


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