Politics of Ideocracy

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SUNY Press - Political Science - 274 pages
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Expanding upon the concept of totalitarianism, this study introduces the concept of ideocracy to encompass all those political systems that legitimize their actions by reference to an all-inclusive utopian ideology. It distinguishes pluralist systems, marked by competing schools of thought, from monistic systems in which a utopian ideology is dominant. Focusing on twentieth-century regimes, the authors develop Weberian ideal-type models to clarify different forms of ideocracy and pluralism; explore the ideal-type model of ideocracy; and analyze the dynamics of political life using models that allow readers to examine the contradictions and evolutionary paths of specific political systems. In addition, they examine diverse psychological, social, and environmental factors in analyzing the emergence of ideocracies and their subsequent evolution and emphasize that although these systems may persist for extended periods, they may also evolve into other forms of government through processes ranging from radical transformation to gradual erosion.
 

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Contents

Ideocracy as a Distinctive
25
Psychological and Cultural
43
Ideocratic Framework of Politics
59
Causes of Ideocracy
93
The Evolution of Ideocracy
149
Conclusion
169
Notes
177
Bibliography
227
Index
261
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Jaroslaw Piekalkiewicz is Distinguished Professor of Western Civilization in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas

Alfred Wayne Penn is Professor of Public Administration and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sangamon State University.

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