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p. 554. The morphology of liberalismlocked

  • Michael Freeden

Abstract

‘The morphology of liberalism’ examines the detailed structure of liberalism in order to determine how its durable and more transient features can help us to identify it as a member of a distinctive ideological family. The morphological continuity of liberalism takes into account numerous permutations and decontestations within the liberal family. They allow for considerable internal flexibility among liberalisms and consequently for the resilience and adaptability of this ideology as a whole. That flexibility is attained through two features: first, the spatial arrangements between the concepts in an ideology; and, second, the variable weighting of the ideational components of an ideology.

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