1. Why, and to what extent, have conservatives supported tradition?

  2. Is conservatism a ‘disposition’ rather than a political ideology?

  3. Why has conservatism been described as a philosophy of imperfection?

  4. What are the implications of the belief that society is an organic entity?

  5. How does the conservative view of property differ from the liberal view?

  6. How far do conservatives go in endorsing authority?

  7. Is conservatism merely a ruling class ideology?

  8. To what extent do conservatives favour pragmatism over principle?

  9. In what ways is One Nation conservatism rooted in the assumptions of traditional conservatism?

  10. How and why have neoliberals criticised welfare?

  11. To what extent are neoliberalism and neoconservatism compatible?

  12. Why and how have conservatives sought to resist globalisation?

  • Aughey, A. et al., The Conservative Political Tradition in Britain and the United States (1992). A stimulating examination of similarities and difference between conservative thought in the USA and the UK.

  • Honderich, T., Conservatism: Burke, Nozick, Bush, Blair? (2005). A distinctive and rigorously unsympathetic account of conservative thought; closely argued and interesting.

  • O’Hara, K., Conservatism (2011). A defence of a small-c sceptical conservatism that draws heavily on the writings of Burke and Oakeshott.

  • Scruton, R., The Meaning of Conservatism (2001). A stylish and openly sympathetic study that develops a distinctive view of the conservative tradition.