'Successfully challenges the notion that we live in a post-ideological age. John Schwarzmantel searchingly questions the thesis that only single issues and identities matter, providing a reliable compass to help students navigate through a world that has witnessed the death of Communism and the rise of neo-liberal hegemony' - Jules Townshend, Professor of Political Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University
This book challenges the idea of post-ideological consensus and offers a fresh perspective on the current state of political ideologies. With 'traditional' political ideologies, such as liberalism, socialism, nationalism and conservatism, perceived to be in crisis, it assesses:
- Their continued relevance in the context of globalisation and of scepticism towards ideological thinking
- The challenges posed by 'new' ideologies such as ecologism and feminism
- The implications of new social movements and ideas of community and multiculturalism for the traditional Left-Right political framework.
Ideology and Politics presents an accessible account of a new era of ideological politics, where the dominant neo-liberalism has spawned a diverse global range of 'ideologies of opposition'. It situates these radical frameworks of change and protest in relation to more traditional 'anti' ideologies and seeks to re-establish the relevance of ideologies for political action in the contemporary world.
This text will be core reading for students of politics at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate level.
John Schwarzmantel is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Programme Director of the MA in Democratic Studies at the University of Leeds.
Introduction The Debate Over Ideology Where is Ideology Now? Concepts and Theories of Ideological Hegemony PART ONE: TRADITIONAL IDEOLOGIES IN CRISIS The Hegemony of Liberalism Crises of Right and Left The National and the Global PART TWO: THE CHALLENGE OF NEW IDEOLOGIES Ideology and Identity New Forms of Political Community Radical Ideologies of Change and Protest Conclusion The Future of Ideologies Post-Ideological Politics, or New Counter-Ideologies?