The Nature of Conservatism

  • Eric Caines


Chapter 1 examines the nature and boundaries of Conservatism. It assesses the degree of flexibility in terms of policy-making which can be accommodated within those boundaries without damaging the core nature of the brand. It looks, too, at the extent to which Conservatism can be regarded as an ideology, as a pragmatic approach to maintaining itself in power or as a combination of the two, with the balance between them being determined at any one time by such things as the state of the nation, international pressures and – of paramount significance in this study – the convictions and attitudes of the Party leadership.

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  • Eric Caines
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUnited Kingdom

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