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A conversation with Michael Freeden

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Micael Freeden is generally considered the world's leading expert on political ideologies. He is credited with many of the seminal advancements in the field over the last 30 years including introducing liquistic analysis to political theory, developments in conceptual analysis, an improved understanding of essential contestability, a new methodological approach to the history of political thought, and, most recently, a new conceptual framework for describing 'the political' and political thinking.

He is the author of over two dozen books in the field including: The New Liberalism: An Ideology of Social Reform, Reappraising J.A. Hobson: Humanism and Welfare, Ideologies and Political Theory: A Conceptual Approach, Reassessing Political Ideologies: The Durability of Dissent, Liberal Languages: Ideological Imaginations and Twentieth Century Progressive Thought, and, The Political Theory of Political Thinking: The Anatomy of a Practice - which we discuss on the Podcast.

Freeden is the recipient of numerous awards including Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies and is the Founding Editor of The Journal of Political Ideologies.

In our discussion we talked about what is means to 'think politically', Trump, Brexit, Ideology, Liberalism vs. Neo liberalism, the incoherence of anarchism, the US supreme court, and the politics of science.


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