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Conservative Politics in Western Europe
Conservative Politics in Western Europe
Edited by Zig Layton-Henry
St. Martin's, 1982, 352 pp

In the aftermath of World War II, few observers would have predicted that conservatism in Europe would remain a major political force and fewer still would have thought it credible that the 1980s would witness a rehabilitation of conservative ideology and a recovery of conservative politics, as witness Reagan, Thatcher and Kohl, and electoral successes of the Right in some of the smaller countries. This collection of essays, uneven and somewhat outdated, written mostly by European political scientists, presents a useful country-by-country introduction to present-day conservatism. Much has changed since the day in 1918 when a leading Catholic politician in the Netherlands declared that people would rather be accused of arson or theft than of conservatism.