Get Conservatism in Crisis?: Anglo-American Conservative PDF

By Bruce Pilbeam

ISBN-10: 023059686X

ISBN-13: 9780230596863

ISBN-10: 1349432881

ISBN-13: 9781349432882

Conservatism in obstacle? examines the precise good points of British and American conservative writings on govt and society within the post-Cold battle period. regardless of Conservative's victories over their socialist competitors, this has no longer ended in the uncontested dominance in their rules. by way of the demanding situations Conservatives face from such cutting-edge rivals as multiculturalists and environmentalists, Bruce Pilbeam examines the chance that conservatism is exhausted as an ideology of latest relevance.

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Theirs being a ‘negative’ view of liberty, economic liberals believe that only when individuals are allowed to make decisions free from external interference will both freedom and wealth creation be maximized. By contrast, collectivists are more concerned with the preservation of communal values and institutions. This perspective is most common within traditionalist conservative writings. For example, Nisbet and Scruton both emphasize the promotion of authority as a central component of conservative philosophy (Nisbet, 1986, pp.

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