Gordon Lloyd

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“The New Deal and Modern Conservatism”


Gordon LloydGordon Lloyd earned his B.A. in economics and political science at McGill University. He completed all the coursework toward a doctorate in economics at the University of Chicago before receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in government at Claremont Graduate School. The coauthor of three books on the American founding and sole author of a book on the political economy of the New Deal, he also has numerous articles, reviews, and opinion-editorials to his credit. His latest coauthored books are The Two Narratives of Political Economy (2010) and The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism:  A Defining Rivalry (2013). He is the creator, with the help of the Ashbrook Center, of four highly regarded websites on the origin of the Constitution. He has received many teaching, scholarly, and leadership awards including admission to Phi Beta Kappa and the Howard White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine University. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council for the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center through the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.


Dr. Lloyd will speak about his most recent book, The New Deal & Modern American Conservatism: A Defining Rivalry. He will explore the pivotal issues of this rivalry, laying out the progressive-conservative arguments between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s, as well as illustrate how those issues remain current in public policy today. He will detail how Hoover, alarmed by the excesses of the New Deal, pointed to the ideas that would constitute modern U.S. conservatism and how three pillars—liberty, limited government, and constitutionalism—formed his case against the New Deal and, in turn, became the underlying philosophy of conservatism today. Lloyd will examine how much Presidents Reagan and Obama owe to FDR—and how much they owe to Hoover.