Liberal conservatism

Liberal conservatism is a political ideology combining conservative policies with liberal stances, especially on economic issues but also on social matters,[1] representing a brand of political conservatism strongly influenced by liberalism.

The ideology incorporates the classical-liberal view on economic interventionism, according to which individuals should be free to participate in the market and generate wealth without government interference.[2] However, liberal conservatives also hold that individuals cannot be thoroughly depended on to act responsibly in other spheres of life; therefore, they believe that a strong state is necessary to ensure law and order and that institutions are needed to nurture a sense of duty and responsibility to the nation.[2] They also support civil liberties, along with some socially conservative positions.

In Europe, liberal conservatism is the dominant form of modern conservatism and centre-right politics.[citation needed] Most European liberal-conservative parties adhere to the European People's Party, originally formed by Christian democrats.