Crisis Of Conservatism?: The Republican Party, The Conservative Movement And American Politics…

Paperback | July 1, 2011

EditorJoel D. Aberbach, Gillian Peele

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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 inthe 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 hadshattered 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, 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 asconservative and in the passion of conservative activists.

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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 inthe 2006 and 2008 elections. What do differen...

Joel D. Aberbach is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at University of California, Los Angeles. Gillian Peele is Fellow and Tutor in Politics and University Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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About the ContributorsPreface1. Gillian Peele and Joel D. Aberbach: Introduction: The Ending of the Conservative Era?2. Gillian Peele: American Conservatism in Historical Perspective3. Joel D. Aberbach: The Future of the American Right: Evidence and Questions from the Bush Years4. A. James Reichley: The Future of the Republican Party5. John R. Petrocik: Stresses and Strains: Plus ca change" in the Parties and Voting6. Mark J. Rozell: The Christian Right and Contemporary Politics: A Movement at the Crossroads7. Ronnee Schreiber: Pro-Women, Pro-Palin, Antifeminist: Conservative Women and Conservative Movement Politics8. Jon Herbert: The Struggles of an 'Orthodox Innovator': George W. Bush, the Conservative Movement and Domestic Policy9. Steven Teles: Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy and the Politics of Ideational Change10. Pietro S. Nivola: Thoughts that Count? The GOP's Woes and the Work of Conservative Think Tanks11. Michael Greve: Conservatives and the Courts12. Michael Tanner: Shaping a New Conservative Agenda13. George A. (Sandy) Mackenzie: Conservatives and the American Economy14. Christopher DeMuth: Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation15. Timothy J. Lynch: The McBama National Security Consensus and Republican Foreign Policy after the 2008 Election16. Trevor B. McCrisken: Past is Present: The Future of Republican Party Foreign Policy17. Joel D. Aberbach and Gillian Peele: Conservative Tensions and the Republican FutureIndex