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What is the traditional conservative view on the state, during Edmund Burke's time?
Because I know that he was liked authority, but did he advocate a strong and big state (big in the sense that the state intervenes somewhat), or a strong but small state (doesn't intervene a lot - like Thatcher)?

I am right in thinking that the traditional conservative view on the state would be in the middle of the classical liberal view of minimal state, and the socialist/Marxist view of strong state intervention.

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This also confuses me, since traditional conservatives want strong law and order, authority and morals etc, it would seem they want a strong state however in my booklet it seems like they didn't like the expanding role of the state at first when Clement Attlee created the Welfare State and the NHS etc. What I think is that they don't like the idea of government having such influence but prefer the Monarch or traditional authority having power rather than the rational-legal authority of Parliament or of Government.

Could be wrong, but I am just using all the information I've learnt
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