Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation

Christopher DeMuth

in Crisis of Conservatism?

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199764013
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897186 | DOI:
Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation

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This chapter explores the tension between conservatives’ opposition to the growth of government regulation in principle and their willingness to accommodate it in practice. It focuses especially on this clash in the context of the period of Republican ascendency (1998–2008). The chapter explains why conservatives are hostile to regulation and the various efforts to limit growth as well as reasons for the failure to do so. It offers suggestions for developing conservative ideas and policies on regulation.

Keywords: regulation; deregulation; limited government; Progressive Era; New Deal eras; commission form; regulatory agency; regulatory state; unintended consequences; big-government conservatism; moralism; financial crisis

Chapter.  15345 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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