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Conservatism

Paperback By Edmund Neill
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Conservatism is often labelled as a ‘disposition’, ‘tradition’, or even a set of knee-jerk reactions, rather than an ideology, and its suspicion of grand theorising has lent itself to this characterization. In this book, leading political theorist Edmund Neill challenges this view.

He argues that conservatism is better identified as an ideology, albeit one that, rather than putting forward positive values like ‘liberty’ or ‘equality’, conceptualizes human conduct as being partially dependent on forces beyond human volition, and prioritizes the cautious management of change. He charts the evolution of conservative thought from the French Revolution to the present, examining how conservatives responded to disruptions to traditional order across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Drawing on examples from Britain, France and the United States, Neill concludes with some reflections on the challenges (and opportunities) that contemporary populism presents for conservatism.

This accomplished overview is essential reading for any student or scholar working in political theory and political philosophy, especially those with a particular interest in ideologies and conservatism.

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Format: Paperback, 180 pages Language: English
Dimension: 21.59cm x 13.72cm x 1.27cm ISBN10: 1509527060
Weight: 238g ISBN13: 9781509527069
Publication Date: 03 Sep 2021 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Edmund Neill is Lecturer in Modern History at the New College of the Humanities

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