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Crisis of conservatism?: the Republican Party, the conservative movement and American politics after Bush

Crisis of conservatism?: the Republican Party, the conservative movement and American politics after Bush

Aberbach, Joel D; Peele, Gillian

To many observers, the 2008 elections augured the end of the conservative era in American politics. Buoyed by a reaction against Great Society liberalism and the Republican Party's shrewd race-based

Book. English.
Published New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press 2011

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Joel D. Aberbach and Gillian Peele
ISBN: 0199764018, 0199764026, 9780199764013, 9780199764020
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 403 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Conservatism United States.; Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); Political culture United States.; Political parties United States.; United States Politics and government.

Contents

  1. ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS; PREFACE; 1. Introduction: The Ending of the Conservative Era?; GILLIAN PEELE AND JOEL D. ABERBACH
  2. 2. American Conservatism in Historical Perspective; GILLIAN PEELE
  3. 3. The Future of the American Right: Evidence and Questions from the Bush Years; JOEL D. ABERBACH
  4. 4. The Future of the Republican Party; A. JAMES REICHLEY
  5. 5. Stresses and Strains: Plus ca change" in the Parties and Voting; JOHN R. PETROCIK; 6. The Christian Right and Contemporary Politics: A Movement at the Crossroads; MARK J. ROZELL; 7. Pro-Women, Pro-Palin, Antifeminist: Conservative Women and Conservative Movement Politics; RONNEE SCHREIBER
  6. 8. The Struggles of an 'Orthodox Innovator': George W. Bush, the Conservative Movement and Domestic Policy; JON HERBERT
  7. 9. Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy and the Politics of Ideational Change; STEVEN TELES
  8. 10. Thoughts that Count? The GOP's Woes and the Work of Conservative Think Tanks; PIETRO S. NIVOLA
  9. 11. Conservatives and the Courts; MICHAEL GREVE; 12. Shaping a New Conservative Agenda; MICHAEL TANNER
  10. 13. Conservatives and the American Economy; GEORGE A. (SANDY) MACKENZIE
  11. 14. Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation; CHRISTOPHER DEMUTH
  12. 15. The McBama National Security Consensus and Republican Foreign Policy after the 2008 Election; TIMOTHY J. LYNCH
  13. 16. Past is Present: The Future of Republican Party Foreign Policy; TREVOR B. MCCRISKEN
  14. 17. Conservative Tensions and the Republican Future; JOEL D. ABERBACH AND GILLIAN PEELE; INDEX

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To many observers, the 2008 elections augured the end of the conservative era in American politics. Buoyed by a reaction against Great Society liberalism and the Republican Party's shrewd race-based <"Southern Strategy,>" the modern conservative movement first enjoyed success in the late 1960s. By the 1980s, the movement had captured the White House. And in the early 2000s conservatives scaled the summit as a conservative true believer, George W. Bush, won two

presidential elections - and the Republican Party captured both houses of Congress. But currently they have few credible presidential prospects. Today's most recognizable Republican, Sarah Palin, is regarded by most of the electorate as an ill-informed extremist. And the Democrats have commanding majorities in both the

Senate and the House.

What happened? The Crisis of Conservatism gathers a broad range of leading scholars of conservatism to assess the current state of the movement and where it is most likely headed in the near future. Featuring both empirical essays that analyze the reasons for the movement's current parlous state and more normative essays that offer new directions for the movement, the book is a comprehensive account of contemporary conservatism at its nadir. Throughout, the editors and the

contributors focus on three issues. The first is the extent to which the terrain of American politics remains favorable to the Republican Party and conservative causes, notwithstanding the Obama victory of 2008. The second is the strategic ability of the Republicans and the wider conservative movement to renew their

strength after the shattering experience of the past few years. The third issue they focus on is the extent to which conservative attitudes and values, policy preferences and impulses of the period since 1980 have in fact created a new consensus, one which the Obama administration will find it difficult to escape, regardless of his <"change>" rhetoric. They conclude that if conservatism does in fact remain a powerful shaper of the electorate's values, then the American right

could very well reconfigure itself and begin the journey back to credibility and power.