‘For we shall prejudice nothing’: Middle Way Conservatism and the defence of inequality, 1945–1979

Blackburn, Dean (2015) ‘For we shall prejudice nothing’: Middle Way Conservatism and the defence of inequality, 1945–1979. Political Studies, 64 (1S). pp. 156-172. ISSN 1467-9248

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Abstract

Recent descriptions of British Conservatism have often identified the defence of inequality as one of its core ideological features. By drawing upon Michael Freeden's morphological conception of ideologies, this article will challenge such descriptions. Drawing upon the discourses of a particular formation of post-war Conservative thought, it will suggest that because Conservatives adhered to a particular set of epistemological and ontological beliefs, the defence of inequality could only obtain a subordinate status within their thought. And it will, in turn, critique dominant understandings of post-war party competition.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Conservatism; Conservative Party; post-war Britain
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History
Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9248.12210
Depositing User: Blackburn, Dean
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 16:20
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/30981

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