Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William A. Ritchie

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Isaak

Third Advisor

Dr. Ernest Rossi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study compared, by analysis of their publications, various people who are considered to be part of the neoconservative movement in the United States. A definition was developed, and a sample of neoconservatives was examined to see if they adhered to the definition. The examination centered around these people's individual views, as published, on economics and the Welfare State; the scope of government in a society; the Cold War and its effect on community; religion; and stability, the state and social justice.

The analysis of their publications leads to the conclusion that there is no cohesive movement that can be defined as neoconservative. Also, the people discussed within this work had marked differences in their viewpoints on the aforementioned topics. This in itself does not allow one to group these people together into any ideological category.