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Sanford Levinson, Melissa Williams, and Joel Parker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479812370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479812370.001.0001

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Constitutional Conservatism and American Conservatism

Constitutional Conservatism and American Conservatism

(p.292) 8 Constitutional Conservatism and American Conservatism
American Conservatism

Johnathan O’Neill

NYU Press

This chapter draws a distinction between constitutional conservatism and American conservatism. From the foregoing, it is apparent that major variants of post-World War II American conservatism were never entirely satisfied with American constitutionalism at the level of principle, and certainly not with its trajectory since the dawn of Progressivism and the victory of the New Deal. Additionally, conservatives continue routinely to disagree about the meaning of American principles and history, and heatedly to debate issues such as abortion, foreign affairs, and the proper extent of economic regulation. Yet, despite these tensions, conservatives also have consistently recognized that their opposition to modern liberalism required compromise and cooperation with one another.

Keywords:   constitutional conservatism, American conservatism, American constitutionalism, Progressivism, New Deal, American principles, American history, modern liberalism

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