Brennan, Geoffrey and Hamlin, Alan (2004) Analytic Conservatism. British Journal of Political Science, 34, (4), 675-691. (doi:10.1017/S0007123404000249).
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We propose an analytic account of dispositional conservatism that attempts to uncover a foundation of what is often taken to be an anti-foundationalist position. We identify a bias in favour of the status quo as a key component of the conservative disposition and address the question of the justification of such a conservative disposition, and the circumstances in which the widespread adoption of such a disposition might be normatively desirable. Our analysis builds on a structural link between the economist’s traditional emphasis on questions of feasibility and the conservative’s attachment to the status quo.
|Keywords:||Conservatism, dispositions, status quo|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
|Date Deposited:||15 Dec 2004|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 13:26|
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