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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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Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy, and the Politics of Ideational Change

Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy, and the Politics of Ideational Change

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(p.178) 9 Compassionate Conservatism, Domestic Policy, and the Politics of Ideational Change
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Crisis of Conservatism?
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Steven Teles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0009

The idea of compassionate conservatism was presented in the 2000 presidential campaign as a major innovation in Republican Party public philosophy. To the contrary, the idea was a rebranding of ideas that had been percolating among conservatives for over twenty years. Some version of compassionate conservatism continues to reemerge in Republican party politics for electoral reasons (the desire to reach out to women and racial minorities) and because of the attachment to the idea of the conservative policy apparatus. Experience shows, however, that support for the idea is thin, because of the absence of support among a powerful, mobilized party faction. Consequently, compassionate conservatism will be characterized by continual reemergence and subsequent disappointment.

Keywords:   triangulation, empowerment, new paradigm, school choice, New Democrats, civil rights, vouchers, tuition tax credits, the Blob, Charter schools, Tea Party movement

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