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A political philosophy developed in the 1970s and 1980s, advocating the active use of government power in pursuit of conservative domestic and foreign policies.

ne′o·con·ser′va·tive adj. & n.


(ˌni oʊ kənˈsɜr vəˌtɪz əm)

a moderate form of political conservatism that generally opposes big government but supports social welfare and certain other liberal goals.
ne`o•con•serv′a•tive, n., adj.


a new movement in conservatism, usually seen as a move further to the right of the position currently occupied by conservatives in politics or in attitudes. — neoconservative, n., adj.
See also: Attitudes, Politics
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Noun1.neoconservatism - an approach to politics or theology that represents a return to a traditional point of view (in contrast to more liberal or radical schools of thought of the 1960s)
conservatism, conservativism - a political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes
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This book contributes to the leading theoretical traditions of International Relations such as Realism, Neoliberalism, Neoconservativism, Cosmopolitanism and Constructivism and presents a critical evaluation of US foreign policy in the Middle East in the post-Cold War era while persuasively supporting the theoretical arguments with empirical and factual data.
This US neoconservativism has been in accord with and part of the broader neoliberal movement according to which the self-interest of all is best served by individuals promoting their own self-interests, and public institutions are denigrated as inefficient and incompetent.
"American Nightmare: Neoliberalism, Neoconservativism, and De-democratization." Political Theory 34 (6): 690-714.
He takes the reader through the ascent of liberal hegemony, the rise of neoconservativism, and changes in the international system, which he maintains will further frustrate liberal hegemonists.
Limp excuses and a willingness to agree to disagree are for apologists and cowards when the forces of extreme neoconservativism and a whiff of fascism threaten America and Europe.
According to Simonoff (2015, 129), it was an approach that assumed a political order of unipolar characteristics, and economic and financial orders defined by globalization, with an ideology that ranged between political neoconservativism and economic neoliberalism.
It is worth noting that some analysts regard Obama's foreign policy as a mixture of realism and idealism, and others see in it elements of neoconservativism. Jonathan Chait, for instance, writes that, in regard to Libya, "the United States had no 'interest' in preventing Muammar Gaddafi from slaughtering civilians, let alone in toppling his regime," and "yet [Obama] chose to intervene....
The commonwealth discourses connected to liberal imperialism are inherent in neoliberalism and are explicit in neoconservativism. These narratives must be acknowledged and critiqued in order to reassert attention to taking action to redress inequality in Canada.
Later, liberals would revile Rostow for his continued defense of the Vietnam War, then decry his neoconservativism when he became a member of the Reagan administration.
Finally, could one imagine Nau making his conservative internationalist pitch at such hotbeds of neoconservativism as the American Enterprise Institute or the Heritage Foundation and receiving anything other than enthusiastic applause?
Irving Kristol, the founding father of neoconservativism, averred in 1976 that the GOP must "fully reconcile" itself to the welfare state if it were to have a political future.
As Jean-Francois Drolet notes, neoconservativism, a political school of thought that emerged in America during the late 1960s to early 1970s, is defined in opposition to a potent enemy: 'It comes into being and acquires its normative content by facing and overcoming the undesirable other'.