academic definition of ideology

Ideology is a word that is perhaps taken for granted within the study of politics. Its pervasiveness creates an illusion that its definition needs no more clarifying. In academia, this can never be the case. Every term requires clarification, none more so than ‘ideology’.

Sources utilised (full reference list at the end of the post)

Ideology by David McLellan
Political Ideologies: An Introduction by David Heywood