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Book review on Political Ideas: An Introduction by James C. Udokang Snr. & Olu Awofeso

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Title of the Book:                 Political Ideas: An Introduction
Author:                                 James C. Udokang Snr. & Olu Awofeso
Place of Publication:     70 Nwaniba Road, Uyo, Ext,: 53 Berkerly                                             street, Lagos- Nigeria.
Publisher’s Name:              MacGrace Publishers
Year of Publication:           2012
Number of Pages:              190
Reviewer’s Name:              God'swill William
Price:                                   Not Stated

The book “Political Ideas: An Introduction” occupies deserved position in the field of political science and public administration. There is therefore the need for textbook in Political Ideas to meet the ever growing demand of students, lecturers and other interested reading public.
The book explains lucidly the meaning of political introduces and explains politics to the understanding of the society. This book contains various relevant chapters that will help the student with their reading.
The purpose or objective of compiling this book is to be able to meet the demand of scholars, or students on political ideas especially one aspiring to venture into politics. The book instill in student the need to have an in-depth understanding about the process of politics.

The book political; ideas is structured and divided into chapter 1 – 10 with chapter 1 dealing with conceptual and theoretical issues in political ideas and ideology. Chapter 2 tackles Nationalism Chapter 3 analyzes capitalism an Imperialism. Chapter 5 wings on Democracy, liberalism and conservatism. Chapter 6 focuses on environmentism and ecologism. Chapter 7 scrutinizes Marxism, socialism and communism. Chapter 8 deals with fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. Chapter 9 explains fundamentalism and feminism. Chapter 10 exposinizes utilitarianism and Anarchism.

According to chapter one, Conceptual and theoretical issues in political ideas and ideology gives a clear and better understanding to the definitions of ideology. Ideology according to the book Political ideas is said to have been given different definitions by various scholars.
Ideology originated from French revolution of 1789. It is derived from the Greek word Eidos, which means what is seen or imagined. Ideology has acquired various interpretative connotations including an attempt to link ideology as a set of ideas or thought with actions or to shape how people think and how they act.
Basically there are problems or criticism of ideology. The problem of ideology conceived by some scholars is that its claims to give a complete and universally applicable theory of man and society and to derive therefore a programme of political and economic actions (Cruton, 198:213).
The relationship between political and ideology is like relationship between father and son. Ideologies are built out of the ideas produced by philosophers. Ideology is believed to be a science of the philosophical principles, which form a fulcrum upon which all socio-economic and political activities revolve. The relationship between political theory and ideology is obvious in the sense that ideologies are equally developed through inductive methods which are derivable from theoretical propositions usually developed through observation, historical facts and existing realities.

Nationalism according to the author of political idea says that it is an idea or ideology of nation. It is an act of political consciousness or state of wind, characteristics of people who are primarily concerned with achieving the independence of their nation from foreign role. Nationalism has over ages assumed different forms and dimensions based on the prevailing circumstances that led feelings of nationalism in particular society, and the value and goals of nationalism held in a particular society.
The early nationalist according to the text book is mainly tribal leaders, kings and chiefs of various communities and opinion leaders of the various people of the entity now known as Nigeria. The impact of nationalism on globally politics and politics within sovereign states are both positive and negative end, the first and the second world wars were largely fuelled by the aggressive nationalism and act of irredentism embarked upon by some nations.
Capitalism was introduce by Karl Marx (1818-83) to describe the economic arrangement that replaced the fueled systems of the middle ages. The three major schools of thought which the Sombart/Weber school of thought, the German Historical school of thought and the Marxist School of thought have been briefly explained in the text. Capitalism is both an economics ideology and a movement. Capitalism believes in the private ownership of the means of production and pursuit of profit from the surplus values through the mechanism of prices set by competitive market. Capitalism is a belief system based on the promise that human needs for foods, shelter, protection against environmental dangers and the likes are primarily individual rather than community needs.

The book political ideas: an Introduction provides an exhaustive through academic insights into the treatment of such sensitive issues on the fact of politics to the diversed institutional bodies, organization that depotized in politics with in the shores of Nigeria. The essence of this book is simply to make the readers understand the appropriate steps and ways in managing and practicing politics. This work is written in a simple elegant and legible English for better and easy understanding and will no doubt appeal to the general readers, diplomats, administrations and students of Nigerian Politics.
This master pieces is indeed an essential and well implemented text that will contribute immensely to the geographical topographic of Nigerian Political System. It will be helpful to both students and practitioners who have interest in bringing out the best in any political workforce. The text will help the general public and also students at all spheres of learning.


I delightfully recommend this book on political Ideas to the reading Public and Political Institutions both with and outside the shores of Nigeria. It promises to educate, enlighten, correct, restructure and transform your individual minds indeed.

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