Mediating Religion and Government

Mediating Religion and Government

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The empirical study of religion and politics emerged as a strongly behavioral sub-discipline within political science within the late 20th Century. Particularly in the American context, scholars have placed tremendous emphasis on religion's influence on political attitudes and behaviors. As a result, we have a much better understanding of the potency of religion in shaping voting patterns, party affiliation, and views of public policy, among other behavioral aspects of American politics. In the context of a democracy, however, political institutions mediate the effect of religion on political attitudes and the policy process. In a Madisonian sense, institutions are at the fulcrum of mass politics and policy outputs. This volume investigates the influence of religion on and within political institutions. Each chapter provides a synthesis of the literature with respect to a particular institution and makes an original research contribution to the literature. By addressing the historical, contemporary, constitutional, and policy-based elements of religious interactions within politics, the volume creates a wide-ranging assessment of the sometimes contentious relationship between these two pillars of American culture.... the federal government should do. a€œWe should be doing this as individuals, helping the poor, a€ said Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. , offered an amendment to do away with the cuts that was rejected by the panel.

Title:Mediating Religion and Government
Author:Kevin R. den Dulk, Elizabeth A. Oldmixon
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-11-19


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