Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush

Crisis of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush

by Joel D. Aberbach
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199764018

ISBN-13: 9780199764013

Pub. Date: 06/17/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Crisis of Conservatism assesses the status of American conservatism—its politics, its allies in the Republican Party, and the struggle for the soul of the conservative movement that became especially acute with the controversial policies of the Bush administration and Republican losses in the 2006 and 2008 elections. What do different types of

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The Crisis of Conservatism assesses the status of American conservatism—its politics, its allies in the Republican Party, and the struggle for the soul of the conservative movement that became especially acute with the controversial policies of the Bush administration and Republican losses in the 2006 and 2008 elections. What do different types of conservatives believe? How much do they have in common? How strong is the conservative movement in the United States, and what impact does it have on the Republican Party? Can conservatives and Republicans find in opposition a unity which had shattered as a result of being in power? To what degree do conservative ideas represent the mainstream of political beliefs in the United States? In short, is there the crisis of conservatism that some thought apparent as a result of the administration of George W. Bush?

The book's contributors, a broad array of leading scholars of conservatism, identify a range of tensions in the conservative movement and the Republican Party, tensions over what conservatism is and should be, over what conservatives should do when in power, and over how conservatives should govern. Views differ a great deal, both between the public and conservative elite groups and among conservative elites themselves. This is balanced by the tendency of many in the general public to identify themselves as conservatives and by the vibrant intellectual life and vitality of conservative elites.

In brief, The Crisis of Conservatism analyzes a conservative movement that seemed to be in crisis in the wake of the 2008 election and that remains beset by many problems and divisions but has fundamental strengths, both in the underlying proclivity of much of the American public to see itself as conservative and in the passion of conservative activists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199764013
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/17/2011
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction: The Ending of the Conservative Era?, Gillian Peele and Joel D. Aberbach
2. American Conservatism in Historical Perspective, Gillian Peele
3. The Future of the American Right: Evidence and Questions from the Bush Years, Joel D. Aberbach
4. The Future of the Republican Party, A. James Reichley
5. Stresses and Strains: Plus ca change" in the Parties and Voting, John R. Petrocik
6. The Christian Right and Contemporary Politics: A Movement at the Crossroads, Mark J. Rozell
7. Pro-Women, Pro-Palin, Antifeminist: Conservative Women and Conservative Movement Politics, Ronnee Schreiber
8. The Struggles of an 'Orthodox Innovator': George W. Bush, the Conservative Movement and Domestic Policy, Jon Herbert
9. Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy and the Politics of Ideational Change, Steven Teles
10. Thoughts that Count? The GOP's Woes and the Work of Conservative Think Tanks, Pietro S. Nivola
11. Conservatives and the Courts, Michael Greve
12. Shaping a New Conservative Agenda, Michael Tanner
13. Conservatives and the American Economy, George A. (Sandy) Mackenzie
14. Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation, Christopher DeMuth
15. The McBama National Security Consensus and Republican Foreign Policy after the 2008 Election, Timothy J. Lynch
16. Past is Present: The Future of Republican Party Foreign Policy, Trevor B. McCrisken
17. Conservative Tensions and the Republican Future, Joel D. Aberbach and Gillian Peele
Index

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