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British conservatism: the politics and philosophy of inequality

Dorey, Peter 2010. British conservatism: the politics and philosophy of inequality. International Library of Political Studies, vol. 33. London: I.B. Tauris.

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Abstract

Defence of inequality has always been a core principle of the Conservative Party in Great Britain. Yet the Conservatives have enjoyed great electoral success in a British society marked by widespread inequalities of wealth and income. Peter Dorey here examines the intellectual and political arguments which Conservatives use to justify inequality. He also considers debates between Conservatives over how much inequality is desirable or acceptable. Should inequality be unlimited, in order to promote liberty, incentives and rewards? Or should inequality be kept within certain bounds to prevent social breakdown and political upheaval? Finally, he examines why some less prosperous sections of British society have nonetheless supported the Conservatives instead of political parties promoting equality. This book will be an important resource for students and commentators of contemporary British politics.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservative Party; Conservatism; Great Britain; Equality
Publisher: I.B. Tauris
ISBN: 9781845113520
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:35
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/23120

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