Reflections on Conservative Politics in the United Kingdom and the United States

Reflections on Conservative Politics in the United Kingdom and the United States : Still Soul Mates?

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This collective work compares US and UK conservative thought in the areas of the meaning of rights, foreign policy mission, the role of religious activism within their respective party politics, and the impact of the current economic crisis on conservative economic orthodoxy. Intended both for political scientists and the general public, it is hoped this work will add to the understanding of what constitutes conservatism, and help reveal the common strands of thought which unite more

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  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739173022
  • 9780739173022

About Mark McNaught

Mark McNaught is assistant professor of US Civilization at the University of Rennes 2, more

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British and American conservatives are two political groups divided by a common ideology. Still Soul Mates? explains why, with fascinating insights into politics, philosophy, and economics. This thought-provoking collection of essays is a fine resource for anyone seeking to understand conservatism on both sides of the Atlantic. -- John J. Pitney Jr., Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics, Claremont McKenna College This terrific little volume of essays on US and British conservatism is a most useful corrective for those who think in binary terms about conservative policy, values, perspectives, and roots (i.e., UK-Burke; US-neoliberal individualism, small government; Thatcher-imported US neoliberalism). A significant strength of these essays is to show how much more complex the reality is. In his excellent introduction, McNaught (Univ. of Rennes 2, France) emphasizes that, whatever the differences, "ultimately, the broad ideological direction of US and UK conservatives bears a family resemblance, especially in foreign and economic policy" but that circumstances (e.g., electoral logic) makes them "in many respects alien to each other," although Daniel DiSalvo and James Ceasar note David Cameron's efforts to make British conservatism "more American." Chapters meet a high standard but cover only foreign policy, religion, and economics...It is a welcome addition, and readers cannot help but note the delightful cover photo. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Rights Liberty and Rights in American and British Conservatism by Daniel DiSalvo and James W. Ceaser Chapter 2: Foreign Policy New Directions in British foreign policy? by Michael Parsons Conservative US Foreign Policy by Paul McCartney Chapter 3: Religion Religion and Conservatism in the United Kingdom by Gillian Peele The Religious Right in the US : Obscured by Libertarianism? by Mark McNaught Chapter 4: Free-Market Economics The British Conservative Party and Economic Policy: From Mrs. Thatcher to David Cameron by Nigel F. B. Allington and Gillian Peele Free-Market Conservatives Faced with the Economic Crisis: The Paradox of a Revival in the United States by Sebastien Care Conclusionshow more