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A Citizen's Guide to American Ideology: Conservatism and Liberalism in Contemporary Politics (Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs)

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"Ideology has captured the interests of political scholars for decades. This book represents a valuable contribution to the growing literature in this arena, offering thoughtful explorations of the nature of ideological divides among Americans. The ideas offered here should inspire and guide a new generation of empirical investigations."
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University

"This book provides an excellent roadmap that covers the broad scope of ideology in contemporary American politics. It does a great job of giving concrete meaning to the abstract ideas subsumed within terms like ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’. And, it highlights manifestations of these ideologies in current political controversies."
William G. Jacoby, Michigan State University

"A Citizen’s Guide to American Ideology is just that—it provides solid and easy-to-understand guidance to understanding America’s culture wars. The author’s style is breezy yet compelling, and the substance found in this work will give all interested readers a firm foundation for appreciating both the nuanced and in-your-face rhetoric that informs America’s ideological politics."
Brian A Bearry, University of Texas at Dallas

"Morgan Marietta has written the best comparative analysis of the two most relevant ideologies of American politics today. He dispassionately and objectively explains conservatism and liberalism in a way that partisans on each side of the ideological divide would generally agree. Readers will understand and appreciate why stimulating debates swirl about responsible and legitimate differences of opinion on some of the most crucial issues of our time. Marietta's book is a splendid contribution to our national dialogue."
John R. Pottenger, University of Alabama in Huntsville

About the Author

Morgan Marietta teaches in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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Product Details

  • Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415899001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415899000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This short, readable book does (in my opinion) a good job at a difficult task; trying to explain what conservatives and liberals in America believe, and why they believe it, without showing bias toward one side and denigrating the other side. Personally, I'm a libertarian with some ties to the conservative viewpoint, and I'm used to seeing conservatism and libertarianism vilified by presumed experts operating from the view that liberalism is the "normal" or "true" viewpoint. This book does not do that. On the other hand, I think it gives a fair shake to the liberal viewpoint as well. No viewpoint is presented here as being either fundamentally evil (as many liberals and some conservatives believe about the opposing views) or fundamentally foolish or irrational (as conservatives often believe about liberals).
I don't necessarily agree with everything in the book-- for example, in the section dealing with libertarianism as an alternative to both major ideologies, I'm not thrilled with the author's use of the terms "strong-willed" and "weak-willed" to describe what I would call the difference between radical and moderate libertarians (maybe because I'm among the supposedly "weak-willed"). But in general I'm impressed with the author's fairness and knowledge of the subject. In fact I'm not sure after reading the book if the author is personally a liberal, a conservative, or neither... and that's about as good a sign of non-bias as one could hope for.
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This book offers an outstanding description of of American Political thought and ideology. Miss Marietta remains objective throughout the entire work, and explains her arguments in a clear, easy to understand manner.
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This book is a book published as a series by Politics and Public Affairs. This book as well as the others in the series are geared to the college student. This volume explains and defines the very basic differences between liberalism and conservatism.This volume has 125 pages but covers the subject in an academic but easy to understand style.
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Dr. Marietta's work is even more important in light of the increasing influence of rigidly defined ideologies in current elections. Every citizen can benefit from a clear understanding of the ways that language and ideology are effectively combined to influence public opinion, voters and policy. I particularly enjoyed Marietta's accessible writing style and reasoned, objective approach to a difficult and emotion laden subject. His work is a refreshing departure from the current ditto-speak that passes for political discourse. I look forward to learning more about his work.
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Needed this for a college class and this was the book I needed so I ordered the book I needed. It's ridiculous that I have to use at least 20 words to review this book that I needed for a college class so I ordered this book. It arrived with pre-arranged letters on all of the pages, that was an interesting feature.
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