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Crisis of Conservatism?The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, and American Politics After Bush$
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Joel D. Aberbach and Gillian Peele

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.001.0001

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Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation

Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation

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(p.303) 14 Contemporary Conservatism and Government Regulation
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Crisis of Conservatism?
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Christopher DeMuth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0014

This chapter explores the tension between conservatives’ opposition to the growth of government regulation in principle and their willingness to accommodate it in practice. It focuses especially on this clash in the context of the period of Republican ascendency (1998–2008). The chapter explains why conservatives are hostile to regulation and the various efforts to limit growth as well as reasons for the failure to do so. It offers suggestions for developing conservative ideas and policies on regulation.

Keywords:   regulation, deregulation, limited government, Progressive Era, New Deal eras, commission form, regulatory agency, regulatory state, unintended consequences, big-government conservatism, moralism, financial crisis

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