Chapter

Past Is Present

Trevor B. McCrisken

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/9780199764013.003.0016
Past Is Present

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This chapter assesses the extent to which George W Bush's foreign policy was shaped by ideology and represented a departure from traditional tenets of conservative American foreign policy. It argues that Bush operated largely within the traditions of conservative US foreign policy and that under him there was an emphasis on American primacy and a tendency toward unilateralism as well as a black and white view of the world. It examines how Bush combined the defense of American interests with the promotion of democracy, and explores the Bush administration's willingness to use force to pursue its objectives.

Keywords: conservatism; foreign policy; primacy; unilateralism; multilateralism; exceptionalism; Bush; Goldwater; Reagan; terrorism; neo-conservatism

Chapter.  10491 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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