End of Ideology

Discipline: Political Science

Anglo-American liberal conservative theory of the 1950s and 1960s.

Ideology as a complete explanation of everything, and a blueprint for a Utopian society, had been a delusion which had none the less justified tyranny in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. But ideology had come to an end, and the future, at least in the Western capitalist democracies, promised the modest politics of small scale, 'housekeeping' reform.

Critics pointed out that this view was itself 'ideological' in that it sought to rule out a range of principled arguments about politics.

Rodney Barker, Political Ideas in Modern Britain (London, 1978)


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