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On the nature of Anglophone conservatism and its applicability to the analysis of postcolonial politics
Reflections on Conservatism (2011)
  • Stefan Andreasson, Queen's University - Belfast
Abstract

This essay examines the nature and development of an Anglophone tradition of conservative political thought (conservatism). It considers how, in contrast to a more reactionary European tradition, conservatism has evolved over time in its variously diverging and converging Anglo-American historical and cultural contexts and what relevance – what analytical utility – this body of political thought may have today for understanding politics and socio-cultural developments in a postcolonial world beyond its Western origins. In considering the relative merits of conservatism as compared to other theoretical approaches, the essay asks whether this conservatism can offer a superior analysis of postcolonial politics by avoiding the pitfalls of the universalizing values on which liberal and Marxist accounts are based.

Keywords
  • Postcolonialism,
  • Conservatism,
  • Burke,
  • imperialism,
  • Africa,
  • India
Publication Date
November, 2011
Editor
Doğancan Özsel
Publisher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN
978-1-4438-3355-4
Citation Information
Stefan Andreasson. "On the nature of Anglophone conservatism and its applicability to the analysis of postcolonial politics" NewcastleReflections on Conservatism (2011)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/stefan_andreasson/13/