Theme: Political Ideas | Content Type: Journal article

The Future of Conservatism?

Andrew Gamble


Virgil Cayasa

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The Case for Conservatism is the first report of the Onward think tank's Commission on The Future of Conservatism. It examines present discontents and offers a set of principles for addressing them. It argues that Conservatives need to shift their ideological position away from the economic liberalism of Margaret Thatcher and the social liberalism of David Cameron and adopt a position which is socially conservative and economically interventionist in order to rebuild a successful electoral coalition and an effective programme for government. They seek to re-found Conservatism on the pillars of family, community and nation, and the obligations of citizenship rather than the freedom of the individual. They provide a distinctive voice on where Conservatism has gone wrong and how it should change, but they may struggle to become the dominant voice shaping the party's future, because the doctrines of economic liberalism still command strong support.

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  • Andrew Gamble

    Andrew Gamble

    Andrew Gamble was Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Queens' College. He was editor of the Political Quarterly.

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