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American Conservatism in Historical Perspective

Gillian Peele

in Crisis of Conservatism?

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199764013
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897186 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0002
American Conservatism in Historical Perspective

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Chapter 2 details the evolution of the conservative movement and its interaction with the Republican Party from 1945 to the present. It provides a periodization of the modern American right which divides its growth into four distinct time spans. It distinguishes between the different strands of the conservative movement and it delineates the role of intellectuals, political leaders, organizational professionals and publicists as well as the role of specific components such as the neo-conservatives and the religious right. Particular attention is paid to the building of the conservative movement's infrastructure. Comparisons are made with developments on the right in other political systems, notably the United Kingdom. The chapter offers an interpretation of the causes of disunity on the right and their possible resolution.

Keywords: Republican Party; conservative movement; leadership; organization; doctrine; Reagan Thatcher; isolationism; libertarianism; old right; new right; religious right; neoconservatives; anti-communism; Goldwater; media; funding; Buckley; Bush; grass roots mobilization

Chapter.  12018 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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