Academic journal article Journal of Australian Political Economy

Lindy Edwards: The Passion of Politics: The Role of Ideology and Political Theory in Australia

Academic journal article Journal of Australian Political Economy

Lindy Edwards: The Passion of Politics: The Role of Ideology and Political Theory in Australia

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Lindy Edwards

The Passion of Politics: The Role of Ideology and Political Theory in Australia

Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2013, pp. 244, $35

Lindy Edwards has written an accessible introduction to political ideologies and Australian political history. As John Dryzek says on its cover, 'This book gives us a new and compelling way to think about the past, present and future of Australian politics'. It is about the dynamics of ideas in action, examining the ways in which ideologies shape and are shaped by political experiences. To put the word 'passion' in the title might be considered courageous, since ideology is concerned with theories of social progress and 'objective' academic analyses in political science are supposed to be dispassionate (which they seldom are). What it does very nicely signal, however, is that this is a subject area in which ideals and visions clash, generating ongoing enthusiasms and frustrations, and leading to substantial political, economic and social changes.

The opening chapter identifies a familiar political trilogy--conservatism, liberalism (with its classical and modern variants) and socialism. The roots and character of these ideologies are briefly discussed before subsequent chapters explore how they have been reflected in Australian politics. …

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