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Economic and Social Conservatives: Friends or Foes?

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Economic and Social Conservatives: Friends or Foes?

  • Claremont McKenna College
12 Lectures (5 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide

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If you wish to understand the intellectual history and trajectory of American conservatism, you are sure to enjoy this brilliantly taught course.

Since the 1950s, economic conservatives have been in a political alliance with social conservatives or traditionalists. That coalition has been a source of both strength and tension. In this course, you will first examine each type of conservatism in turn, before exploring the fascinating relationship between the two.

You will start with the historical background of economic conservatism (“classical liberalism”). Economic collapse in the 1930s and the rise of the New Deal form the backdrop, and the thinking of figures such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman establish the intellectual foundation. You will see how the economic crisis of the 1970s breathed new life into free-market economics, how that revival took new forms, and how it was translated into policy in the 1980s and beyond. Next, you will consider the rise of Russell Kirk’s “traditionalism” in the 1950s and the mass-based social conservative movement of the late 1970s.

You will then consider the ways economic and social conservatism both reinforce each other and are sometimes in tension with each other. How have they worked together electorally and in concrete policy struggles, and when have they worked at cross-purposes?

After this thoughtful examination, you will conclude this course with a consideration of the future of the economic conservative-social conservative coalition. This course, taught by one of America’s leading conservative scholars, is a must-have for those looking to learn more about American conservatism.

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About Your Presenter

Prof. Andrew E. Busch, Ph.D. is Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, where he is Director of the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and Chair of the Government Department. He is the author or co-author of more than two dozen scholarly chapters and articles, as well as twelve books, including Horses in Midstream: U.S. Midterm Elections and Their Consequences, 1894-1998; Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Freedom; The Front-Loading Problem in Presidential Nominations; The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America’s Founding Document; Epic Journey: The Elections of 2008 and American Politics; and Truman’s Triumphs: The 1948 Election and the Making of Postwar America. Busch served as Associate Dean of the Faculty at CMC from 2006 to 2009 and from 2009 to 2010 was Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Busch received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Topic Titles

  • Economic Conservatism: Intellectual Origins
  • Economic Conservatism: Revival
  • Rise of Social Conservatism as a Political Movement
  • Coalition-Building
  • Economic and Social Conservatism: Overlap and Synergy
  • Economic and Social Conservatism: Tensions
  • The Moral Context of Social Conservatism
  • The Social Conservative Conception of Liberty
  • Religion and Family
  • Abortion and Education
  • Conclusion: Summary and Future

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  1. Economic and Social Conservatives: Friends or Foes? Audio Bundle: Economic and Social Conservatives: Friends or Foes? + Principles And Politics: The History Of American Conservatism- 10 Discs Total $64.95
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