Here's an utterly innocent question: What was Edmund Burke up to, anyway? What does all that quirky brilliance, all that majestically tangled prose, amount to? If Burke is a source of profound political wisdom, as generations of conservatives have tirelessly assured us, what does he have to say? If he's an important political theorist - and I don't think we should allow the conventionally received canon, no more sacrosanct than our teachers' reading lists, to determine our judgment on such matters - what is his theory?
Herzog, Donald J. "Puzzling through Burke." Pol. Theory 19, no. 3 (1991): 336-63.