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American Political Culture between 2004 and 2008

By the second term nomination of George W. Bush in 2004, it had become clear that there was little room in the Republican Party for a view of the welfare state that made concessions to organized labor and embraced active government.

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The American political culture changed between 2004 and 2008 during the administration of President George W. Bush, whose politics were conservative. Many of the policies carried out by his Executive branch reflect conservative thinking. In general, the political culture of conservatism during these years was evidenced in the Republican Party. By the second term nomination of George W. Bush in 2004, it had become clear that there was little room in the Republican Party for a view of the welfare state that made concessions to organized labor and embraced active government. For all of Bush's talk of "compassionate conservatism," it was clear to most observers that the party's core constituents, as well as its activists, were far closer to the radicalism of the New Right. Although conservatism has generally been the politics of the minority, the years from ...

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The American political culture changed between 2004 and 2008 during the administration of President George W. Bush, whose politics were conservative.

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