Listen to this podcast from the Battle of Ideas archive on the past, present and future of conservatism
With the Conservative Party winning a surprise majority in the UK’s general election, what does conservatism mean today? This session from the Battle of Ideas 2011 addresses how David Cameron’s Tories, who have in many ways sought to distance themselves from a lot of conservative values, fit into the conservative tradition and asks whether conservatism as an idea has a future.
education director, Institute of Economic Affairs; author, The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought
founder and executive director, Centre for Independent Studies
co-editor, ConservativeHome; co-founder, ConservativeIntelligence.com; member, advisory board, Centre for Social Justice
senior research fellow, University of Southampton; author, Conservatism and After Blair
Head of politics, Magdalen College School, Oxford; associate lecturer in politics and philosophy, Open University; co-founder, The Manifesto Club.
writer; head of sociology, JFS Sixth Form Centre; contributor, spiked
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