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American Liberalism and Ideological Change
"An imaginative essay that makes an important contribution to our understanding of both ideology and American liberalism."—Philip Abbott, Wayne State University
"Liberalism is in crisis," Leonard Williams observes in the first chapter of this challenging and intriguing book. "The most enduring public philosophy of our age has been criticized, defended, reconsidered, and by some, dismissed." Though ideologies may change, they change with great difficulty, as an examination of the recent history of American liberalism shows. Liberalism's history is marked by a sense of crisis and discontent, as well as a proliferation of critics and challengers. Despite the many competitors that liberalism now faces—including neoliberalism, neoconservatism, the New Right, communitarianism, and feminism—it remains our dominant public philosophy. Williams examines the arguments made by critics as they have sought to modify or replace liberalism, and he explains the process of both radical and limited degrees of ideological change.
(1997) 179 pp.
Table of Contents
1 Changing Liberalism
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