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Analytic Conservatism

Brennan, Geoffrey and Hamlin, Alan (2004) Analytic Conservatism British Journal of Political Science, 34, (4), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2004
Keywords: Conservatism, dispositions, status quo


Local EPrints ID: 13591
ISSN: 0007-1234
PURE UUID: e237974c-e620-45c1-b4e7-17f042de5f8e

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Date deposited: 15 Dec 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:01

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Author: Geoffrey Brennan
Author: Alan Hamlin

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