BOOK REVIEW – Tirso Virgos
“Liberal Languages” by Michael Freeden, 2004.
‘Liberal Languages: Ideological Imaginations and Twentieth-Century Progressive Thought’ is not a classic unitary manuscript in political theory but instead a collection of twelve independent essays by Michael Freeden, one of the foremost contemporary experts on liberalism. In this volume, Freeden explores questions of the role of political ideology, green thought, nationalism and the reconfiguration of the liberal tradition in the UK during the nineteenth century. In particular, he tackles the role of the New Liberals and the influence of their thinking on the development of the ideology of New Labour ideology during Tony Blair’s tenure as the Prime Minister.