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The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism

Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics

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  • 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
  • Provide a unique theoretical framework to analyze post-modern conservatism

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

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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, 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.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Post-Modern Culture and Neoliberal Society

  2. Post-Modern Conservatism in Theory and in Practice

  3. Conclusion

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political Science and International Relations, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico

    Matthew McManus

About the author

Matthew Allan McManus received his PhD from the Socio-Legal Studies program at York University, Canada in 2017, after acquiring an LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Ireland. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of TEC de Monterrey, Mexico. 

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