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Department
Political Science
Course
POLI 100
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Fall

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Poli 100 Lecture – 27  January th 01/27/2014 Chapter 5:                                      What is an ideology? A set of ideas designed to describe an existing political order.  Present an ideol vision of what the political order should look like.  Every ideology contains empirical, semantic (using specific language), and normative elements.  Features of ideology Action oriented – designed to motivate people.  Typically less rigorous than “proper” theory – tends to combine concepts that political philosophers treat  separately.  Both reflects …                                       Theory vs. ideology Theory is generally aimed at political elites High complexity Logically robust Generally more “timeless” in focus They deal with persistent questions Ideology on the other hand is aimed at mass mobilization.  Can often be reduced to slogans or “sound bytes” Simplicity of presentation can lead to logical inconsistency (being pro­life and also supporting troops)                                     Key Ideological Approaches  Classical liberalism Conservatism Socialism Nationalism  Fascism Anarchism                                         Liberalism Dominant western tradition Originates with the rise of capitalist political economies in the 17  and 18  ce
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