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The Resource British Conservatism : the politics and philosophy of inequality, Peter Dorey

British Conservatism : the politics and philosophy of inequality, Peter Dorey

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British Conservatism : the politics and philosophy of inequality
Title
British Conservatism
Title remainder
the politics and philosophy of inequality
Statement of responsibility
Peter Dorey
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Defence of inequality has always been a core principle of the Conservative Party in Great Britain. Yet throughout the twentieth century, and now into the twenty-first, the Conservatives have enjoyed great electoral success in a British society marked by widespread inequalities of wealth and income. In British Conservatism, Peter Dorey initially examines the intellectual and political arguments which Conservatives use to justify inequality, including Conservative ideas about human nature, the apparent inevitability of inequality as indicated by historical trends and the way in which Conservatives link economic inequality with individual freedom. Dorey also notes how Conservatives themselves disagree over how much inequality is desirable or acceptable. Should inequality be unlimited, in order to promote liberty, incentives and rewards? Or should inequality be kept within certain bounds to prevent social breakdown and political upheaval? These debates within the Conservative Party have become even more relevant since Margaret Thatcher's leadership in the 1980s, and they continue today as David Cameron, as Prime Minister, pledges to mend a "broken society'. British Conservatism then concludes by examining how the Conservative Party has attracted considerable support from less well-off sections of British society, those who might otherwise have been expected to support political parties promoting equality. --
  • This wide-ranging study will be particularly valuable to students interested in the ideas and debates surrounding British Conservatism, past and present. It will also be of great interest to readers wanting to understand how the Conservative Party proved so successful electorally during most of the twentieth century, to the extent that it attracted the support of up to one-third of the working class, thereby deflecting the potential challenge of socialism, and indeed, how it has come to enjoy its latest resurgence at the polls in spite of a growing gulf between rich and poor and deepening inequality. --Book Jacket
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NLE
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1959-
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Dorey, Peter
Dewey number
324.24104
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
International library of political studies
Series volume
v. 33
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conservative Party (Great Britain)
  • Conservatism
  • Equality
  • Great Britain
Label
British Conservatism : the politics and philosophy of inequality, Peter Dorey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [255]-266) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
689010225
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9781845113520
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)689010225
Label
British Conservatism : the politics and philosophy of inequality, Peter Dorey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [255]-266) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
689010225
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9781845113520
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)689010225

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