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American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics Michael Foley

American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics

Michael Foley

Published November 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780199232673
Hardcover
482 pages
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American society may be hostile to the thought of ideologies, but it possesses a sophisticated but little understood ability to engage in deep conflicts over political ideas, while at the same time reducing adversarial positions to legitimateMoreAmerican society may be hostile to the thought of ideologies, but it possesses a sophisticated but little understood ability to engage in deep conflicts over political ideas, while at the same time reducing adversarial positions to legitimate derivatives of American history and development. The study asks how this occurs- how the sources, traditions and usages of core ideas and their derivative compounds animate political discourse and structure the basis of political conflict- and how it is possible to sustain a high incidence of competitive value-laden argument and principled political conflict within a stable political order. The fundamental aim of this study is to examine the traditions and usages of American political ideas within the arena of practical politics.