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Burkean conservatism, legibility and populism

Burkean conservatism, legibility and populism
Burkean conservatism, legibility and populism
Links have sometimes been drawn between conservatism and populism, but the radical nature of the latter, focused on change as a direct end, means that they cannot be connected so easily. This article argues that nevertheless, conservative thinking of the Burkean tradition can be used to understand, and possibly address, populist concerns. This is not because conservatism is biased towards the status quo – the conservative argues, on the contrary, that innovators, whether rationalist or populist, undervalue the status quo, and are therefore biased against it. Rather, the conservative values the legibility of a person’s society or culture to that person, and diagnoses many populist grievances as resulting from innovation making society less legible to the individuals within it.
Conservatism, Populism, Legibility, scepticism, Epistemology, status quo bias, public reason
1356-9317
O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron (2019) Burkean conservatism, legibility and populism. Journal of Political Ideologies. (In Press)

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Links have sometimes been drawn between conservatism and populism, but the radical nature of the latter, focused on change as a direct end, means that they cannot be connected so easily. This article argues that nevertheless, conservative thinking of the Burkean tradition can be used to understand, and possibly address, populist concerns. This is not because conservatism is biased towards the status quo – the conservative argues, on the contrary, that innovators, whether rationalist or populist, undervalue the status quo, and are therefore biased against it. Rather, the conservative values the legibility of a person’s society or culture to that person, and diagnoses many populist grievances as resulting from innovation making society less legible to the individuals within it.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 August 2019
Keywords: Conservatism, Populism, Legibility, scepticism, Epistemology, status quo bias, public reason

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Local EPrints ID: 433689
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433689
ISSN: 1356-9317
PURE UUID: 9c3f2465-1f56-419a-8300-6362deca9f15
ORCID for Kieron O'Hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456

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Date deposited: 30 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 31 Aug 2019 00:37

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