The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era / Digital original - eBook
The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era / Digital original - eBook  -     By: Charles Dunn
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The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era / Digital original - eBook

Intercollegiate Studies Institute / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781497620742
ISBN-13: 9781497620742

Publisher's Description

Once on the wings of the American political stage, conservatism now plays a leading role in public life, thanks largely to the dynamic legacy of Ronald Reagan. But despite conservatism’s emergence as a powerful political force in the last several decades, misunderstandings abound about its meaning and nature—economically, internationally, philosophically, politically, religiously, and socially. In examining these misunderstandings, The Future of American Conservatism: Consensus and Conflict in the Post-Reagan Era reveals the forces that unite, and the tensions that divide, conservatives today.

Edited by noted Reagan scholar Charles W. Dunn, this collection casts conservatism as a collage of complexity that defies easy characterization. Although it is commonly considered an ideology, many of conservatism’s foremost intellectuals dispute this notion. Although it is thought to embody a standard set of principles, its principles frequently conflict. Although many leading intellectuals, liberal and conservative, believe that conservatism lacks a significant tradition in America, it has contributed more to American life than the credit lines indicate. And although it is usually thought to create homogeneity among its adherents, in truth conservatism is marked by a great deal of heterogeneity in both its adherents and its ideas.


In fact, conservatism’s complexity may well be its strength—or so the essays gathered here suggest. In painting a bright picture of the prospects for conservatives, The Future of American Conservatism is a timely and thought-provoking volume.
 

Author Bio

Charles W. Dunn is dean of students at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government. His books include Constitutional Democracy in America: A Reappraisal, The Conservative Tradition in America, and The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership: An Introduction to the American Presidency.

 

Editorial Reviews

"The publication of this book could not be more timely, as post–Cold War conservatism struggles to define itself in a totally new world marked by entirely new challenges. One would be hard-pressed to find a more worthy collection of observers to grapple with this subject—and in such a thoughtful manner. Dean Dunn has assembled an impressive group of essays by these deans of conservatism."
—Paul Kengor, Professor of Political Science, Grove City College, and author of The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

"This slim but dense volume includes some very insightful essays about the nature of modern American conservatism and its future potential….The essays as a whole provide a well-balanced look at conservatism."
—M. Coulter, Grove City College

"...blessedly readable, short and hardhitting...it's a great little book."
—Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online

"Dunn’s volume is as smart and stimulating a collection of political essays as I’ve read in years, in part because it soars above the partisan potshots and petty maneuvering that preoccupy the political commentariat. 'Conservatism’s strength has always rested in the realm of ideas,' Dunn writes in his introduction. This bracingly self-critical collection, at least, supports his boast."
—Jonathan Rauch, The New York Times
 

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