Conservative Ascendancy How the GOP Right Made Political History

ISBN-10: 0674026209

ISBN-13: 9780674026209

Edition: 2007

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Description: Listen to a short interview with Donald Critchlow Host: Chris Gondek ] Producer: Heron & Crane Despite significant losses in the 2006 midterm elections, the Republican Right remains a powerful and defining force in American politics. Donald Critchlow, a leading historian of American conservatism, shows that time and again the GOP Right appeared defeated, only to rebound with explosive force. The ascendancy of the GOP Right was not preordained, nor was its political triumph inevitable. Rather, the history of the postwar Right was one of fierce political warfare as moderate Republicans battled right-wing Republicans for control of their party, and conservatives battled liberals for control of government. In the struggle against the dominant New Deal state, conservatives gained control of the Republican party, but their advance against liberalism and the Democratic party proved less steady. At each point the accident of historical circumstance precluded a predictable outcome. In this provocative history of the Right in modern America, Critchlow finds a deep dilemma inherent in how conservative Republicans expressed their anti-statist ideology in an age of mass democracy and Cold War hostilities. As the Right moved forward with its political program, partisanship intensified and ideological division widened--both between the parties and across the electorate. This intensified partisanship reflects the vibrancy of a mature democracy, Critchlow argues, and a new level of political engagement despite its disquieting effect on American political debate. "The Conservative Ascendancy" boldly captures the twists and turns of the GOP Right over the last sixty years, offering a storyof how deeply held beliefs about the nature of the individual and the good society are translated into political power.

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 314
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction
European Intellectuals and Conservative Firebrands
Triumph and Travail in 1964
Trust and Betrayal in the Nixon Years
The Power of Ideas and Institutions
The Accident of History
Forward to the Promised Land
The Reagan Decade
Democrats Rebound
Americans Divided
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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