Bryson, Valerie and Heppell, Timothy (2010) Conservatism and feminism: the case of the British Conservative Party. Journal of political ideologies, 15 (1). pp. 31-50. ISSN 1356-9317

This article explores the potential links and contradictions between conservatism and feminism in the light of the British Conservative Party's recent claim to ‘ideological renewal’ under David Cameron. It identifies a number of long-standing, significant and sometimes unexpected overlaps and resonances between some conservative ideas as these have developed in the party over time, and some elements of feminist thought. However, the article also argues that no strand of conservative thought supports the robust analysis that would be needed to tackle entrenched gender inequalities and injustices, while many of the party's underlying assumptions are deeply anti-feminist. This means that Cameron's pro-feminist rhetoric is likely to be both divisive and incapable of realization, so that a focus on feminism highlights the hazardous nature of his attempt at ideological renewal.

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