ABSTRACT

In Michael Freeden’s morphological approach to understanding ideologies, most of the attention is given to the core concepts that constitute the very identity of an ideological tradition (Freeden 2013). Relatively little attention, however, has been paid to the peripheral concepts that enable an ideology to adapt to a range of social and political contexts. In the evolution of an ideological stance, such concepts typically change more frequently than do core or adjacent ones. They also appear at the “interface between the conceptual arrangement of an ideology and the social practices, events, and contingencies that occur in its environment” (Freeden 2013, 125–126).