Analytic Conservatism

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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0007123404000249
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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
ePrint ID: 13591
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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:25

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