The Ending of the Conservative Era?
Chapter 1 explains the purpose of the book. It sets the problems of the contemporary Republican Party and the contemporary conservative movement against the background of the George W Bush presidency and 2008 presidential election results. It assesses the disunity of the conservative coalition and its ability to reconstruct itself. It examines some key questions which run through the book including the fit between the Republican Party and the wider political terrain, its capacity to adapt to changing political circumstances and the relationship between ideas and practical politics on the right. The chapter discusses the individual chapters and relates them to the general purpose of the book.
Keywords: Obama, Reagan, Republican Party, conservative movement, Bush, compassionate conservatism, voters, party coalitions, religious right, policy-making, think-tanks, judiciary, libertarianism, economic policy, deregulation, foreign policy
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