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

1st Edition

Morgan Marietta

Routledge
Published October 26, 2011
Textbook - 134 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415899000 - CAT# Y121956
Series: Citizen Guides to Politics and Public Affairs

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Summary

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 Ideologies is 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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