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Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach

Michael Freeden


Provides a novel approach to the analysis of ideologies, through examining their internal conceptual morphology. The result is to interpret ideologies as particular combinations of meaning from an indeterminate range of meanings at the disposal of a society—a process identified as the decontestation of the essentially contestable. This accounts for ideological flexibility and for the overlap, continuous transformation, and regrouping of ideological families. Ideological cores are refined by the adjacent and peripheral ideas in which they are located and by their complex interrelationship with ... More

Keywords: conservatism, decontestation, feminism, ideology, liberalism, political theory, political thought, socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294146
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019829414X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Freeden, author
Mansfield College, Oxford
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