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Analytic Conservatism

Brennan, H Geoffrey; Hamlin, Alan


We propose an analytic account of dispositional conservatism that attempts to uncover a foundation of what is often taken to be an anti-foundationalist position. We identify a bias in favour of the status quo as a key component of the conservative disposition and address the question of the justification of such a conservative disposition, and the circumstances in which the widespread adoption of such a disposition might be normatively desirable. Our analysis builds on a structural link between...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: British Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1017/S0007123404000249


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