The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism

Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics

  • Matthew  McManus

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism book series (PASTCL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Post-Modern Culture and Neoliberal Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matthew McManus
      Pages 3-18
  3. Post-Modern Conservatism in Theory and in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Matthew McManus
      Pages 113-166
  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Matthew McManus
      Pages 213-230
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-255

About this book


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, The Rise of Post-modern Conservatism 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.


conservatism post-modern theory cultural studies classical liberals Burke de Maistrean historicism irrationalism left wing neoliberalism partisanship political sociology apparatus social policy populism identity politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthew  McManus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and International RelationsTecnológico de MonterreyMonterreyMexico

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