This is a guide through contemporary political thought. Drawing on a wide variety of expertise and experience, the contributors chart the emergence of new political ideologies, outlining the most important concepts and the most influential thinkers; they also list the key events and debates within each discipline, providing readers with an effective framework to organize their understanding. The world of politics has seen many changes in the latter part of the 20th century, with major new movements emerging - from fundamentalism of all descriptions to the playfulness of postmodernism, from green thought to the authoritarianism of the new right. These changes have also meant that established political theories have been recast in the light of contemporary realities. The book maps out these changes, and is written for all those who want to understand modern politics.