FROM BEACONSFIELD TO BIRKENHEAD
University of Tartu
Abstract. According to the prevailing Liberal view, conservatism and social reform are seen as essentially irreconcilable, thus making Tory Democracy appear as a myth. In the present essay, this inherently critical approach is challenged, and the reasons for its misunderstanding of the subject are outlined. It is argued that Tory Democracy is a real historical phenomenon and, additionally, that it is possible to grasp the essence of Tory Democracy as composed of certain logical, ideological and philosophical traits.
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