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Contemporary Parties and Ideologies

Global Development
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The course provides a contextual analysis of major political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, anarchism, nationalism, fascism, populism, neoliberalism, feminism, ecologism, the idea of democracy and the like. The analysis of their components, of their stable and changing elements, their overlapping contents, historical appearances and contemporary relevance will be discussed through the reading of some of their core texts and political impact. Origins and outline of evolution of these ideas and ideologies will be taken into account. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the most important and influential political ideologies of the contemporary Western world. (The term “contemporary” refers to the 20th century and present thought).

Course Content

1. Nationalism

2. Totalitarianism

  a) Fascism/Nazism and Communism/Stalinism

3. Liberalism and Neoliberalism

4. Libertarianism

5. Neo-marxism and the New Left

6. Conservatism and Neoconservatism

7. Communitarianism

8. Political Postmodernism and Multiculturalism

9. Ecologism

10. Feminism


Avinieri Sh., De-Shalit A. (eds.), Communitarianism and Individualism, Oxford University Press, 1992;

Freeden M., Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1996;

Galston W.A., Liberal Purposes. Goods, virtues, and diversity in the liberal state, University Press, 1991;

Gerson M. (ed.), The Essential Neo-conservative Reader, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1996;

Goodin R.E., Pettit Ph. (eds.), A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Blackwell Publishers, 1995;

Gutman A. (ed.), Multiculturalism and "The Politics of Recognition," Princeton University Press, 1994;

Holmes S., The Anatomy of Antiliberalism, Harvard University Press, 1996;

Kymlicka W., Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction, Oxford University Press, 1991;

Putnam Tong R., Feminist Thought. A More Comprehensive Introduction, Westview Press 1998;

Vincent A., Modern Political Ideologies, Blackwell Publishers, 1992.