At the moment I am reading 'The Communist Manifesto' to give me a good idea of left-wing political theory.
I am interested in knowing more about right-wing politics too, especially Conservatism.
Would anybody be able to recommend me any books that would give me a good idea about Conservative theory? Perhaps in the same sort of historical context as the Communist Manifesto if possible.
Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
On Divorce by Louis de Bonald
The Meaning of Conservatism by Roger Scruton
There are also plenty of collections of the works of authors such as Joseph de Maistre, Edmund Burke, and Eric Voegelin which would be worth reading.
Edmund Burke, read Thomas Paine's 'Rights of Man' to counterbalance him.
A Case for Conservatism by John Kekes is quite good, from a relatively modern political philosophy point of view.
Michael Oakeshott - rationalism in politics and others essays... very important collection of essays.
Roger Scruton the meaning of conservatism, arguments for conservatism, and for a totally up to date book just published "the uses of pessimism"
Maybe also Maurice Cowling "Mill on Liberalism"... very informative (this is a great conservative thinker dissecting the thought of Mill)
Depends what kind of conservatism you mean. If you're on about free-market conservatism, Hayek's Road to Serfdom is as good a title to start on as any.