Conservatism Definitions

Key Definitions for Conservatism

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Conservatism
the desire to conserve reflected in the suspicion of change
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Tradition
values, practices or institutions that have endured through time, passing from one generation to the next
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Heirarchy
graduation of social status, structural inequality where position is unrelated to individual merit
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Authority
the right to exert influence over others through their obligation to obey
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Property
ownership of physical goods or wealth, either by an individual, a group or the state
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Pragmatic
done for practical reasons, based on what works
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Principled
done for principled reasons, based on ideas
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Privatisation
the transfer of the state's assets from the public sector into the private sector as a reflection of the restriction on state responsibility
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Postmodernism
intellectual movement of the 20th/21st century which rejects the idea of absolute and universal truth, emphasising debate and democracy
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Populism
popular principles and beliefs are the principle legitimate guide to political action, often reflecting a distrust towards political elites
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Permissiveness
willingness to allow people to make their own moral choices, suggesting a lack of authoritative values
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Paternalism
to act in a fatherly fashion; power exercised with the intention or preventing harm and conferring benefit
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Organicism
the belief that society operates like a living organism, sustained by many fragile parts which have evolved naturally and cannot be beaten by human interference
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Natural Aristocracy
Burke's idea of talent and leadership being innately inbred qualities that cannot be acquired through effort
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Economic Liberalism
the belief that the market is a self-regulating mechanism that naturally delivers prosperity for all (Adam Smith's 'Wealth of Nations')
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Anomie
Durkeheim's theory of a state of isolation, meaninglessness and loneliness stemming from a lack of structure and value
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values, practices or institutions that have endured through time, passing from one generation to the next

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the right to exert influence over others through their obligation to obey

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