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The Stigmatization of the Liberal Label in Modern American Politics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2009 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 41, no 1, 23-35 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Liberalism was the dominant political ideology in the United States from the early 1930s until the mid to late 1960s. During that period, Franklin Roosevelt's definition of "liberal" and "conservative" was widely accepted in America. Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing in the 1970s and 1980s, the liberal label became increasingly contested and maligned, and as a result many, if not most, liberal politicians stopped using it. Liberal politicians have not abandoned their liberal world-view, but nowadays they are much more inclined to refer to themselves as "progressives." This article describes the rise and fall of the liberal label in modern U.S. politics and explains why it became a pejorative, shunned by all the recent Democratic candidates for president, from Bill Clinton to Barack Obama.

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2009. Vol. 41, no 1, 23-35 p.
Keyword [en]
American politics, Barack Obama, Conservatism, Conservative, Democrat, Franklin Roosevelt, Liberal, Liberalism, Linguistic change, New Deal, Political rhetoric, Republican
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122142ISI: 000269336300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122142DiVA: diva2:308494
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2012-03-21Bibliographically approved

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