The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism: Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics, 1st Edition

  • Matthew McManus
  • Published By: Palgrave MacMillan
  • ISBN-10: 3030246825
  • ISBN-13: 9783030246822
  • DDC: 320.52
  • 255 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released February 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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This book is designed as a timely analysis of the rise of post-modern conservatism in many Western countries across the globe. It provides a theoretical overview of post-modernism, why post-modern conservatism emerged, what distinguishes it from other variants of conservatism and differing political doctrines, and how post-modern conservatism governs in practice. First developing a unique genealogy of conservative thought, arguing that the historicist and irrationalist strains of conservatism were ripe for mutation into post-modern form under the right social and cultural conditions, then providing a new unique theoretical framework to describe the conditions for the emergence of post-modern conservatism, this book applies its theoretical framework to a concrete analysis of the politics of the day. Ultimately, it aims to help us understand the emergence and rise of identity-oriented alt right movements and their populist spokesmen particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, and now Italy. It provides a timely analysis of the rise of identity-oriented alt-right movements; develops a genealogy of conservative thought to contextualize its post-modern mutation; and provides a unique theoretical framework to analyze post-modern conservatism.