A Citizen's Guide to American Ideology: Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics (Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs)

A Citizen's Guide to American Ideology: Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics (Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs)

By: Morgan Marietta (author)Hardback

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Conservatives and Liberals often resort to cartoon images of the opposing ideology, relying on broadly defined caricatures to illustrate their opposition. To help us get past these stereotypes, this short, punchy book explains the two dominant political ideologies in America today, providing a thorough and fair analysis of each as well as insight into their respective branches. To help us understand the differences between the two contrasting ideologies, Morgan Marietta employs an innovative metaphor of a tree-growth from ideological roots to a core value, expanding into a problem that creates the competing branches of the ideology. This approach suggests a clear way to explain and compare the two ideologies in an effort to enhance democratic debate. A Citizen's Guide to American Political Ideologies is a brief, non-technical and conversational overview of one of the most important means of understanding political rhetoric and policy debates in America today.

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Morgan Marietta is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia.


Introduction: Too Common and Too Rare 1. An Ideology Tree Part I Conservatism 2. Conservatism: Premise Foundations 3. The Core Value of Conservatism: Ordered Liberty 4. The Central Question of Conservatism: The Glue Problem 5. Conservatism: Branches Part II Liberalism 6. Liberalism: Premise Foundations 7. The Core Value of Liberalism: Social Justice 8. The Central Question of Liberalism: The Oppression Problem 9. Liberalism: Branches Part III Comparisons & Controversies 10. Emotions & Nightmares 11. Value Divides 12. Liberty & Equality: Consensus Values With Conflictual Meanings 13. Issue Positions and Mutual Misunderstandings: Explaining Conservative and Liberal Policies 14. The Origins of Contemporary Ideology: Explaining Neocons Versus Paleocons & Multiculturalists Versus Liberals Conclusion: Conservatism, Liberalism, and American Democracy

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/11/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780415898997
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9780415898997
  • weight: 294
  • ISBN10: 0415898994

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