Citizen's Guide to American Ideology Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics

ISBN-10: 0415899001

ISBN-13: 9780415899000

Edition: 2012

Authors: Morgan Marietta

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Conservatives and Liberals often resort to cartoon images of the opposing ideology, relying on broadly defined caricatures to illustrate their opposition. To help us get past these stereotypes, this short, punchy book explains the two dominant political ideologies in America today, providing a thorough and fair analysis of each as well as insight into their respective branches. To help us understand the differences between the two contrasting ideologies, Morgan Marietta employs an innovative metaphor of a tree ”growth from ideological roots to a core value, expanding into a problem that creates the competing branches of the ideology. This approach suggests a clear way to explain and compare the two ideologies in an effort to enhance democratic debate. A Citizen "s Guide to American Political Ideologiesis a brief, non-technical and conversational overview of one of the most important means of understanding political rhetoric and policy debates in America today.
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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

List of illustrations
Introduction: Too Common and Too Rare
An Ideology Tree
Conservatism: Premise Foundations
The Core Value of Conservatism: Ordered Liberty
The Central Question of Conservatism: The Glue Problem
Conservatism: Branches
Liberalism: Premise Foundations
The Core Value of Liberalism: Social Justice
The Central Question of Liberalism: The Oppression Problem
Liberalism: Branches
Comparisons and Controversies
Emotions and Nightmares
Value Divides
Liberty and Equality: Consensus Values with Conflictual Meanings
Issue Positions and Mutual Misunderstandings: Explaining Conservative and Liberal Policies
The Origins of Contemporary Ideology: Explaining Neocons Versus Paleocons and Multiculturalists Versus liberals
Conclusion: Conservatism, Liberalism, and American Democracy
Suggestions for Further Reading
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