Provides an overview of late 20th and early 21st century conservatism and its impact on western U.S. politics and national politics. Stresses the roles played by individuals such as Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan,and George W. Bush and their influence on western conservatism. Analyzes how conservatism has been influenced by policy research institutions and advocacy groups such as the Claremont Institute and Focus on the Family. Reviews areas of collaboration and contention in western conservatism between economic, national security, and social conservatives and more libertarian elements. Examines the rise of the Tea Party movement in response to Obama Administration policies and speculates on how western conservatism will continue influencing national political debate.
conservatism, Republican Party, political theory, public policy
Date of this Version
Chapman, Bert, "Conservatism" (2013). Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research. Paper 31.
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Appears in Encylopedia of Politics of the American West. Steven L. Danver, ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press, 2013. 1:260-263.