OverviewPolitics and ideology now exist in a confused and changing world where traditional political doctrines are being reformulated and challenged by new ones. Politicians still call themselves socialists, conservatives and liberals, but among these groups exist very different understandings of what these terms represent. This new textbook provides a clear, comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the ideas and doctrines that have shaped, and will continue to shape, British politics.The first section of the book looks at different aspects of the wider context; the nature of political doctrines or ideologies and the role they play in politics in general. The main section of the book examines individual ideologies, broadly grouped into two categories of 'mainstream' ideologies - conservatism, socialism, liberalism, and nationalism, and the 'fringe' - namely the Greens, the far left and the far right. British democracy, economic policy and concensus, the nature of ideological thinking and its place in politics are also considered. Finally, a short section considers the future: what forces, such as globalisation and postmodernity, will shape the further development of those doctrines which are part of British politics today.The book is designed to meet the needs of both A level and undergraduate students, as well as the general reader wanting an introduction to political ideas.