In this book - one of the few academic works to scrutinise the major figures of American conservatism since the Reagan-Bush era began - the contributors identify and assess current trends in conservative political thought. Through their profiles of conservative opinion leaders, these scholars offer even-handed, critical examinations not only of the
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction: Conservatism After Reagan -- Conservatism and Tradition -- George F. Will’s “Tory” Conservatism -- Russell Kirk: The Conservatism of Tradition -- William F. Buckley, Jr.: Conservatism with Class -- Edward Banfield: Taming the Spirit of Modern Progressivism -- C. Everett Koop: Abortion, AIDS and American Conservatism -- The Neoconservative Movement -- Irving Kristol’s Neoconservatism -- Norman Podhoretz’s Polemical Commentaries -- Jeane Kirkpatrick’s Public Philosophy and Rhetoric -- Capitalism and Economics -- Milton Friedman and the Recovery of Liberalism -- Michael Novak: On Democratic Capitalism and the Things That Are Caesar’s -- Foreign Affairs -- Edward Luttwak and Strategy in the 1980s -- Richard Pipes: Conservatives and the Russian Empire -- Constitutional Interpretation -- James Jackson Kilpatrick: Southern Conservative -- Language and the Limits of Judging: Chief Justice Rehnquist’s Jurisprudence of Common Sense
Mark J. Rozell is professor of public policy and acting dean of the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, and Fairfax, VA.