Discipline: Political Science
A central element in the political theory of conservatism.
Societies and constitutions are ordered by slowly established and time-tested values and institutions, rather than by rational schemes or plans. The task of government is to cultivate and work with these traditions, amending them where necessary, rather than to devise Utopian blueprints.
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)