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American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics

Michael Foley


American society may be hostile to the thought of ideologies, but it possesses a sophisticated but little understood ability to engage in deep conflicts over political ideas, while at the same time reducing adversarial positions to legitimate derivatives of American history and development. This book asks how this occurs; how the sources, traditions, and usages of core ideas and their derivative compounds animate political discourse and structure the basis of political conflict; and how it is possible to sustain a high incidence of competitive value-laden argument and principled political conf ... More

Keywords: ideologies, political ideas, political conflict, American society, political order, political movements, contemporary issues

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199232673
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Foley, author
Professor of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
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