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Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction [#434]
Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction [#434]
  • Looks at how liberalism can be understood from a variety of perspectives, including historical, philosophical, and ideological viewpoints
  • Highlights that liberalism is a dynamic and constantly changing set of principles and concepts
  • Considers the different methodologies used to express and explore liberalism

Liberalism is one of the most central and pervasive political theories and ideologies, yet it is subject to different interpretations as well as misappropriations. Its history carries a crucial heritage of civilized thinking, of political practice, and of philosophical-ethical creativity. 
This Very Short Introduction unpacks the concept of liberalism and its various interpretations through three diverse approaches. Looking at its historical and theoretical development, analysing the liberal ideology, and understanding liberalism as a series of ethical and philosophical principles, this is a thorough exploration of the concept and practice of liberalism.


1: A house of many mansions
2: The liberal narrative
3: Layers of liberalism
4: The morphology of liberalism
5: The liberal canon
6: Philosophical liberalism: Idealizing justice
7: Misappropriations, reformulations, disparagements and lapses
Further reading

About the author: 

Michael Freeden is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Nottingham and Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford. His books include The New Liberalism: An Ideology of Social Reform (Oxford, 1978); Liberalism Divided: A Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939 (Oxford, 1986); Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach (Oxford, 1996); Ideology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2003); Liberal Languages: Ideological Imaginations and 20th Century Progressive Thought (Princeton, 2005); The Political Theory of Political Thinking (Oxford, 2013), and The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (co-edited, Oxford, 2013). He is the founder-editor of the Journal of Political Ideologies. In 2012 he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the UK Political Studies Association and the Medal for Science of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Bologna University.

"There is much more to ponder over and learn in this slim volume - one of the latest installments in this portable but informative series dwelling on almost every facet of the human condition and the universe - from accounting to laws of thermodynatics, from plants to planets and from Alexander the Great to Nelson Mandela." - Millennium Post

Product details

ISBN : 9780199670437

Michael Freeden
160 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jun 2015
Very Short Introductions
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Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction [#434]

Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction [#434]

Liberalism: A Very Short Introduction [#434]