The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era

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Charles W. Dunn
Intercollegiate Studies I, 2007 - Political Science - 156 pages
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Once on the wings of the American political stage, conservatism now plays a leading role in public life, thanks largely to the dynamic legacy of Ronald Reagan. But despite conservatism’s emergence as a powerful political force in the last several decades, misunderstandings abound about its meaning and nature—economically, internationally, philosophically, politically, religiously, and socially. In examining these misunderstandings, The Future of American Conservatism: Consensus and Conflict in the Post-Reagan Era reveals the forces that unite, and the tensions that divide, conservatives today. Edited by noted Reagan scholar Charles W. Dunn, this collection casts conservatism as a collage of complexity that defies easy characterization. Although it is commonly considered an ideology, many of conservatism’s foremost intellectuals dispute this notion. Although it is thought to embody a standard set of principles, its principles frequently conflict. Although many leading intellectuals, liberal and conservative, believe that conservatism lacks a significant tradition in America, it has contributed more to American life than the credit lines indicate. And although it is usually thought to create homogeneity among its adherents, in truth conservatism is marked by a great deal of heterogeneity in both its adherents and its ideas. In fact, conservatism’s complexity may well be its strength—or so the essays gathered here suggest. In painting a bright picture of the prospects for conservatives, The Future of American Conservatism is a timely and thought-provoking volume.

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User Review  - Brendan Steinhauser - Goodreads

An interesting read about the future of the conservative movement. Bill Kristol's essay in the back of the back is especially interesting. This collection of essays was written before the rise of the ... Read full review

Contents

The Modern
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A Plea for Constitutional Conservatism
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Charles W. Dunn is dean of students at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government. His books include Constitutional Democracy in America: A Reappraisal, The Conservative Tradition in America, and The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership: An Introduction to the American Presidency.

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