Author Talk & Book Signing: Brian M. Conley, PhD

Main Library, Community Room

Oct 3

Thu 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Dr. Brian M. Conley (a 1992 Westwood High graduate!) will visit the Main Library to discuss his new book, The Rise of the Republican Right: From Goldwater to Reagan.  Books, provided by Haley Booksellers, will be available for purchase and signing. This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Westwood Library. All Westwood Public Library events are free and open to all. RSVP is not required to attend this event (but it is helpful for planning purposes).

About the Book

Few scholars have paid close attention to the factors internal to the Republican Party that helped the Right to consolidate its power within the party between the 1960s and the 1980s. Plugging the gap in party literature, The Rise of the Republican Right: From Goldwater to Reagan provides a comprehensive account of the rise of the Republican Right in the years between Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential defeat and the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980. Specifically, it offers a historical-institutional analysis of the organizational factors internal to the Republican Party that helped the conservative Right maintain, and then expand its ascendant position within the GOP in the critical years between Goldwater and Reagan.

Brian M. Conley demonstrates how the growth of the Right during this period was aided by a desire on the part of many Republican leaders to rebound from electoral defeat by rebuilding the party organizationally, rather than reforming it politically, through the introduction of a more "service" -oriented party structure.

The Rise of the Republican Right will interest academics, party scholars, and researchers eager to gain a more nuanced understanding of the factors that helped the Right become a dominant force within the Republican Party.

About the Author

Dr. Conley is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Political Science and Legal Studies Department at Suffolk University in Boston. His principal research and teaching interests are in the areas of political parties, US electoral politics, and political marketing and communication. His research and writing have appeared in the Studies in American Political Development, American Review of Politics, the Journal of American Studies and Political Science Quarterly as well as in numerous political anthologies on US politics. He has also edited, written and authored several books, most recently The Rise of the Republican Right: From Goldwater to Reagan (Routledge 2019). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York City.