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David Willettts
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David Willetts's contribution to Conservatism is more substantial than that of anyone else at a senior level in the Party since the downfall of Margaret Thatcher in 1990. This chapter analyses the ways in which Willetts's ideas and the wider ideas of the Conservative Party have developed since November 1990. It examines the ideas of civic conservatism, what it is, how consistent and coherent it is and the extent to which its core ideas allow for a Conservative ideological revival. Willetts attempted to establish a synthesis between free markets and community in his book, Modern Conservatism, first through a reappraisal of the post-war history of the Conservative Party. The decentralisation of power may be a good thing in that citizens can become active in their communities, but some communities may not be able to meet welfare needs.

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Conservative thinkers

The key contributors to the political thought of the modern Conservative Party

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