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Introduction to Political Ideologies

Introduction to Political Ideologies
Contexts, Ideas, and Practices

  • Arvind Sivaramakrishnan - Adjunct Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

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Political Theory & Thought

© 2017 | 212 pages | SAGE Texts

This new textbook shows that each of the major political ideologies gives rise to, or in some cases specifies, a particular view of human beings, with significant consequences for the ways we organise our political systems and our forms of political participation. In each chapter, the author provides a brief historical introduction and then outlines the key points of the ideology concerned. He then demonstrates conceptual and practical issues that arise thence, including successes and failures in the implementation of the selected ideologies. The chapters follow a broad conceptual sequence and adopt a chronological order where appropriate. 

This clear, direct, and accessible textbook aims to aid the reader to identify and evaluate the assumptions underlying a wide range of public matters. The intention is to help enhance readers' understanding of major public issues, so that they can ask more incisive and better-informed questions about those.

Key Features

• Each chapter supplemented by an apposite list of suggested readings and extension exercises 

• A dedicated chapter on Technocracy and Managerialism

• A dedicated chapter on Poststructuralism and Postmodernism

• An ideal companion for students from different backgrounds, including political science, public administration, philosophy, public policy, law, journalism, and other areas


Poststructuralism and Postmodernism
Theocracy and Fundamentalism
Technocracy and Managerialism
Republicanism and Citizenship


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Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan is an Adjunct Professor and former Visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. From 2008 to 2014 he was he was Senior Deputy Editor on the Hindu, writing editorials, specialist articles, and book reviews on international politics, public policy, and political theory; he combined his duties with teaching and research as an Associate Professor at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.  He took his degree and doctorate as well as a professional teaching qualification at the University of Southampton, where he also taught politics.  Since then he has... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789386446404