Comprehending conservatism: A new framework for analysis

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This essay argues against the view - frequently put forward by conservatives themselves - that conservatism cannot be analyzed as a coherent political ideology. It then proposes a multidimensional approach to understanding conservatism, defining (and defending a particular interpretation of) four dimensions which are termed sociological, methodological, dispositional and philosophical. It is argued that only if two of these four dimensions are present in a particular variety of political thought is it justified to speak of political conservatism.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Political Ideologies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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