The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present and Future

December 1, 2005

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Forty years ago, the conservative activists who had helped Barry Goldwater win the Republican presidential nomination—and had seen him lose by then-record margins—set out to create a new political movement to reverse what they saw as an overwhelming liberal domination of American politics. In the four decades since that defeat, conservatives have come to dominate the Republican Party. Republican, and mostly conservative, candidates have won six of the past nine presidential elections. The only two Democrats to win the presidency during that time ran not as liberals but as centrists (one of them pledging to “end welfare as we know it”). Today conservatives control the White House and lead both houses of Congress, and American politics has been transformed.How this came to be, and what it means in terms of public policy, is the focus of the conference. We will bring together political activists, academics, and journalists to examine how the modern conservative movement was built and to assess both its impact and how it has evolved over the past 40 years.


Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Cosponsored by:

  • The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics