Can the Republican Party Be Saved? Should It?
7 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2019
Date Written: March 5, 2019
The elevation of Donald Trump as head of the Republican Party and the coalescing of Republicans behind him marks a dramatic shift in the core ideologies of the Republican Party. This creates a dilemma for Republicans who continue to embrace the party's former right-of-center philosophy of free markets, limited government, liberalized migration, and skepticism of politicians and politics. They must decide whether to remain in a political party currently hostile to their political beliefs. This paper argues that it is unlikely the GOP will return to the center-right Republicanism of the past half-century, and that supporters of that type of Republicanism should seriously consider attempting to form a new party. Though the odds that such a party will succeed are uncertain, they are better than what is commonly believed.
Keywords: Trump, Republican Party, Republicanism, GOP, American political parties, new political party
JEL Classification: H00, H1, H19
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