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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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Past Is Present

Past Is Present

Bush and the Future of Republican Party Foreign Policy

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(p.357) 16 Past Is Present
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Crisis of Conservatism?
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Trevor B. McCrisken

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764013.003.0016

This chapter assesses the extent to which George W Bush's foreign policy was shaped by ideology and represented a departure from traditional tenets of conservative American foreign policy. It argues that Bush operated largely within the traditions of conservative US foreign policy and that under him there was an emphasis on American primacy and a tendency toward unilateralism as well as a black and white view of the world. It examines how Bush combined the defense of American interests with the promotion of democracy, and explores the Bush administration's willingness to use force to pursue its objectives.

Keywords:   conservatism, foreign policy, primacy, unilateralism, multilateralism, exceptionalism, Bush, Goldwater, Reagan, terrorism, neo-conservatism

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