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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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The Struggles of an “Orthodox Innovator”

The Struggles of an “Orthodox Innovator”

George W. Bush, the Conservative Movement, and Domestic Policy

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Crisis of Conservatism?

Jon Herbert

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This chapter focuses on George Bush's domestic policy. It examines four of Bush's domestic policy initiatives: education reform, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, social security reform and immigration reform. It analyses each of these issues to assess its congruence with the ideologies of the conservative movement and delineates conservative responses to Bush's initiatives. Finally it assess the extent to which these policies may have constrained the opportunities for future reforms.

Keywords:   domestic policy, conservatism, education, Medicare drug prescription benefit, social security reform, immigration reform, ownership society, compassionate conservatism, Bush

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