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Clear blue water?The Conservative Party and the welfare state since 1940$
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Robert M. Page

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429865

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429865.001.0001

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Conservatism, the ‘modern’ Conservative Party and the welfare state

Conservatism, the ‘modern’ Conservative Party and the welfare state

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Clear blue water?

Robert M. Page

Policy Press

This chapter explores the notion of conservatism in the modern era. Discussion centres on key features of conservatism such as human nature, inequality, tradition, hierarchy, social order, private property, the market, the state and democracy. The chapter concludes with a brief exploration of earlier 20th century developments in the Conservative approach to the welfare state.

Keywords:   conservative party, modern conservatism, human nature, tradition and hierarchy, private property and the market, the state and democracy, early 20th century conservatism

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