The coming realignment of ideology studies
Ideology studies no longer conform to the conventional trajectories of the past century. If one indicator is the range of subjects submitted to the Journal of Political Ideologies, the traditional topics addressing the macro-political ideologies are thinning out, though not quite disappearing. The thematic predictability level of articles covering conservatism, liberalism, socialism, fascism, feminism and even green political thought has declined markedly, though of course it still persists. It is not too much to say that the world of formal ideologies has been rocked to its foundations, as its once-familiar features seem antiquated and irrelevant, mainly of historical or academic interest. In its wake, four phenomena are particularly notable.