Postwar Conservatism, A Transnational Investigation

Britain, France, and the United States, 1930-1990

Berthezène Clarisse and Vinel Jean-Christian

Editeur : Palgrave Macmillan

Parution : 03/05/2017

Nombre de pages : 297

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This volume offers a unique comparative perspective on post-war conservatism, as it traces the rise and mutations of conservative ideas in three countries – Britain, France and the United States – across a ‘short’ twentieth century (1929-1990) and examines the reconfiguration of conservatism as a transnational phenomenon.

This framework allows for an important and distinctive point –the 1980s were less a conservative revolution than a moment when conservatism, understood in Burkean terms, was outflanked by its various satellites and political avatars, namely, populism, neoliberalism, reaction and cultural and gender traditionalism. No long running, unique ‘conservative mind’ comes out of this book’s transnational investigation.

The 1980s did not witness the ascendancy of a movement with deep roots in the 18th century reaction to the French Revolution, but rather the decline of conservatism and the rise of movements and rhetoric that had remained marginal to traditional conservatism.

Introduction – Clarisse Berthezène and Jean-Christian Vinel

1. The Uses and Abuses of the Scottish Enlightenment in Modern Conservatism
Colin kidd

2. The Theory and Practice of Conservative Propaganda and Organisation in Britain and France in the Interwar Years
kevin Passmore

3. The Long Road of French Neoliberalism
François Denord

4. Principles, Markets and National Interest in Conservative Approaches to Social Policy
Jose Harris

5. Taxation, Distribution and Incentives: Conservative Policy in Britain, 1945–1981
Martin Daunton

6. The Institutionalization of Tax Revolt in France and the United States
Alexis Spire

7. French Management Conservatism in Action: The Individualization of Labor Bargaining and Managerial Uses of the Law
Guy Groux

8. “Thick” States and “Thin” States, in a New Era of Merchant Power
Nelson Lichtenstein

9. Transatlantic Dimensions of Electoral Strategy: Republican Party Interpretations of UK Politics, 1936–c. 1960
Robert Mason

10. George Wallace and Enoch Powell: Comparing the Politics of Populist Conservatism in the USA and the UK
Michael kazin and Stéphane Porion

11. ‘Liberty Finds No Refuge in a Jurisprudence of Doubt’: Sexual Morality as Seen by Supreme Courts in France and the USA
Marc Olivier BaruchIndex

  • “This important volume from an authoritative international team of authors sheds significant new light on the comparative development of post-war Conservatism in the western world.”
    – Stuart Ball, Professor Emeritus, University of Leicester, UK
  • “The rich essays collected in this illuminating volume show that the rise of right-wing politics in the United Kingdom, the United States, and France since the 1970s was a remarkably transnational phenomenon. As they attacked social democracy and cultural pluralism, right-wing movements borrowed ideas, visions, vocabularies, and tactics from each other, adapting them to their own national idioms and using advances in one country to win advances elsewhere. Anyone interested in confronting the problems that have proliferated in the wake the right’s reconfiguration of politics – surging inequality, belligerent ethno-nationalism, worker disempowerment and insecurity, and lost faith in the capacity for democratic self-government – has much to learn about the origins of these problems from this important book.”
    – Joseph A. McCartin, Georgetown University, USA, author of Collision Course