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Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal

An intellectual history of American conservativism since the New Deal.

The New Deal fundamentally changed the institutions of American constitutional government and, in turn, the relationship of Americans to their government. Johnathan O'Neill's Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal examines how various types of conservative thinkers responded to this significant turning point in the second half of the twentieth century.

O'Neill identifies four fundamental transformations engendered by the New Deal: the rise of the administrative state, the erosion of federalism, the ascendance of the modern presidency, and the development of modern judicial review. He then considers how various schools of conservative thought (traditionalists, neoconservatives, libertarians, Straussians) responded to these major changes in American politics and culture. Conservatives frequently argued among themselves, and their responses to the New Deal ranged from adaptation to condemnation to political mobilization.

Ultimately, the New Deal pulled American governance and society permanently leftward. Although some of the New Deal's liberal gains have been eroded, a true conservative counterrevolution was never, O'Neill argues, a realistic possibility. He concludes with a plea for conservative thinkers to seriously reconsider the role of Congress—a body that is relatively ignored by conservative intellectuals in favor of the courts and the presidency—in America's constitutional order. Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal explores the scope and significance of conservative constitutional analysis amid the broader field of American political thought.

About the Author

Johnathan O'Neill (STATESBORO, GA) is a professor of history at Georgia Southern University. He is the author of Originalism in American Law and Politics: A Constitutional History.

Endorsements

"Johnathan O'Neill has written an important book, one we have needed for a long time: a carefully focused examination of how conservative thinkers have responded to the four principal challenges of the post-New Deal political and constitutional environment. Essential reading for scholars of all political and constitutional persuasions."

- Wilfred McClay, Hillsdale College

"The Constitution is too important to be left to the lawyers, or even the political theorists. In this exemplary work of careful, balanced scholarship, Johnathan O'Neill shows why a fuller understanding of constitutionalism requires historians, and especially historians who take ideas seriously. This is essential reading for every serious student of American conservatism and American constitutionalism."

- Yuval Levin, American Enterprise Institute

"Johnathan O'Neill offers an impressive and comprehensive intellectual map of constitutional conservatives' responses to the New Deal. An essential history for those who seek to understand twentieth- and twenty-first-century conservative constitutional and political thought."

- Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Director, Center for Citizenship & Constitutional Government, University of Notre Dame

"Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal is a first-rate book that reflects a careful reading of conservative intellectual debates. Although there has been growing attention to modern conservative thought within constitutionalism, the book breaks new ground while highlighting and clarifying fissures within conservative constitutional thought."

- Keith E. Whittington, author of Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present

Reviews

"An edifying tour of American constitutional thought."

"Johnathan O'Neill's Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal is an important and much-needed addition to the burgeoning literature on conservatism in America."

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