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American Liberalism and the Neo-Consensus School

Stokes, M; (1986) American Liberalism and the Neo-Consensus School. Journal of American Studies , 20 (3) 449 - 460. 10.1017/S0021875800012779. Green open access

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Abstract

Until comparatively recently, there were three main ways of interpreting the history of modern American liberalism. Each was associated with a different school of historical thought. Scholars wrote about liberalism from either a progressive, a consensus or a New Left point of view and their analyses differed accordingly. Over the last few years, however, it has become possible to discern a fourth interpretation. Like the others, it reflects a particular way of viewing the past: in this case, from what might be described as a "neo-consensus " perspective. The purpose of the present essay is to assess the validity of this new interpretation. But first it is necessary to define it and explain the ways in which it differs from its predecessors.

Type: Article
Title: American Liberalism and the Neo-Consensus School
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0021875800012779
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021875800012779
Language: English
Additional information: © 1986 Cambridge University Press
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/83692
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