- Series: Hoover Institution Press Publications
- Hardcover: 135 pages
- Publisher: Hoover Institution Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0817916849
- ISBN-13: 978-0817916848
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
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The New Deal & Modern American Conservatism: A Defining Rivalry (Hoover Institution Press Publications) 1st Edition
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“This path-breaking work should persuade all Americans to rethink the roots of our current political order. It is a must read to understand how we got to where we are today.” —Edwin J. Feulner, PhD, founder and retired president, Heritage Foundation
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In The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism, Gordon Lloyd and David Davenport offer a unique historical perspective on the progressive-conservative discussion. They go back again to the 1930s but with the express purpose of coming back to public policy today, seeking to recapture a debate between Roosevelt and Hoover that has not only been lost but that is so timely today. In the name of taming an economic crisis, President Roosevelt undertook emergency measures to reshape the federal government. But that emergency response never went away and, instead, became what we call today “the new normal,” a newly reshaped welfare state from which we continue to work and to which we continue to add. In a very real sense, the New Deal managed to reinvent and reshape the federal government in ways that still form the basic shape of US domestic policy today.
The authors examine the three pivotal issues that make up the essence of the progressive-conservative debate between Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s: liberty versus equality, limited government versus expansive government, and constitutional conservatism versus liberal reinterpretation. They go on to illustrate how those issues remain current in public policy today. Lloyd and Davenport conclude that conservatives must, to be a viable part of the national conversation, “go back to come back”—because our history contains signposts for the way forward.
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