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Crisis of Conservatism?The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush$
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Joel D. Aberbach and Gillian Peele

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.001.0001

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American Conservatism in Historical Perspective

American Conservatism in Historical Perspective

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Crisis of Conservatism?

Gillian Peele

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 details the evolution of the conservative movement and its interaction with the Republican Party from 1945 to the present. It provides a periodization of the modern American right which divides its growth into four distinct time spans. It distinguishes between the different strands of the conservative movement and it delineates the role of intellectuals, political leaders, organizational professionals and publicists as well as the role of specific components such as the neo-conservatives and the religious right. Particular attention is paid to the building of the conservative movement's infrastructure. Comparisons are made with developments on the right in other political systems, notably the United Kingdom. The chapter offers an interpretation of the causes of disunity on the right and their possible resolution.

Keywords:   Republican Party, conservative movement, leadership, organization, doctrine, Reagan Thatcher, isolationism, libertarianism, old right, new right, religious right, neoconservatives, anti-communism, Goldwater, media, funding, Buckley, Bush, grass roots mobilization

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