Author: Jean–Michel De Waele
Institution: Free University of Brussels (Belgium)
Author: Michał Jacuński
Institution: University of Wrocław (Poland)
Author: Anna Pacześniak
Institution: University of Wrocław (Poland)
Year of publication: 2012
Source: Show
Pages: 383-407
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PDF: ppsy/41/ppsy2012019.pdf

Ideologies are fundamental in categorising, defi ning and evaluating political reality. They also condition the aims inspiring actors on the political stage, constituting, as it were, a bond providing parties, social groups and societies with sets of values and convictions that unite them. We are now witnessing an evolution of traditional political ideologies, triggered off by new challenges, the changing world order, processes of globalisation and Europeanisation, while political parties in Europe seem to resign from clear–cut ideological identifi cations, opting for the pragmatic, thus maximising their voting scores and, subsequently, efficient management of the public sphere. Politics is ever more frequently perceived as a mere struggle for power, political ideas are seen as slogans serving the purpose of winning votes or popular support, while ideologies have become “goods on display”, hiding deeper meanings of political life. Yet, at the same time ideologies still retain their purpose, infl uencing the functioning of political parties or political communities.

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