This book comprehensively collects the thinking - over the last 25 years - of one the most important contemporary scholars in the field of ideology studies.

Clearly organised, it expounds on the changing nature of the sub-discipline, its components and methods of investigation. As such, it serves the need for a general, well-informed identification and elaboration of thematic possibilities in current ideology studies and represents the most developed and productive methodological approach to the study of ideologies in the last three decades. Freeden presents ideology studies as an evolving and vibrant field, encountering and surmounting a series of challenges in its successful path towards recognition as a fully legitimate and respected branch of political theory.

This book will be of key interest to students and scholars of political ideologies, political theory, political philosophy and more broadly to sociology, political science, anthropology, human geography, international studies and the humanities.

Introduction  Part 1: Staking out the macro-agenda  Prelude  1. Ideology and political theory  2. What is special about ideologies?  3. Fundaments and foundations in ideology  Part 2: Unfolding vistas and paradigms  Prelude  4. Interpretative realism and prescriptive realism  5. The ‘political turn’ in political theory  6. The resurgence of ideology studies: Twenty years of the JPI  7. The coming realignment in ideology studies  Part 3: Boundaries and intersections  Prelude  8. The ‘beginning of ideology’ thesis  9. Ideologies and conceptual history  10. Emotions, ideology, and politics  11. What fails in ideologies?  12. On pluralism through the prism of ideology  Part 4: Lived ideology  Prelude  13. The politics of ceremony: The Wootton Bassett phenomenon  14. After the Brexit referendum: Revisiting populism as an ideology  15. Liberalism in the limelight  16. Loose talk costs … nothing: The rise of the ideolonoids  17. Democracy dis-integrated: The current conceptual confusion