American Neoconservatism: The Politics and Culture of a Reactionary Idealism (Hardback)Jean-François Drolet (author)
To the extent neoconservatism is committed to the Enlightenment discourse of liberalism, these commitments are firmly subordinated to an authoritarian form of cultural and philosophical conservatism, which is in fact ferociously predatory on liberal values and practices. Neoconservatism is not a conservative variant of liberalism but a deeply atavistic reaction to liberal modernity. It owes a lot more to the authoritarian intellectual milieu of interwar Europe than to the liberal tradition that its protagonists allegedly want to reform and protect against its enemies.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'Jean-Francois Drolet's American Neoconservatism, a concise blend of political theory, intellectual history, and contemporary politics, marks one of those rare occurrences of highly relevant academic literature. Drolet's aim in the work is to challenge the neoconservative hearkening for a moral, united America by uncovering the doctrine's anti-Enlightenment ideological roots, and so reveal it as an ideology based on anti-liberal values. His message is a persuasive one, and he adds to it with insight into the ambiguous position neoconservatism has in contemporary American politics: that is, in our current state of blurry post-neoconservatism.' - Harvard Political Review 'This is a very good book. The author weaves together a solid historical account of the evolution of American neonconservatism, a sophisticated exploration of its theoretical foundations, and a powerful assessment of its political significance past and present.' - Michael C. Williams, Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa 'This is the best book on Neo-Conservatism that I have read. Drolet combines an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the key ideologues in the movement with a highly sophisticated use of political philosophy. The result is a very readable book that is set to become definitive.' - Toby Dodge, Senior Fellow for the Middle East, the International Institute for Strategic Studies 'Drolet displays a dazzzling mastery of key literatures and sub-fields, ranging from American foreign policy studies through American political development to the history of political thought.' - Dr Marc Stears, University Lecturer in Political Theory, Oxford University
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