Relevant No More?: The Catholic/Protestant Divide in American Electoral Politics (Religion, Politics, and Society in the New Millennium)

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Relevant No More? The Catholic/Protestant Divide in American Electoral Politics re-examines current prevailing views on the political affiliations of religious voters. Analysing both the history of religious voting behavior and current trends, author Mark Brewer argues that the supposedly drastic shift of the allegiance of American Catholics from the Democratic party to the Republican party has been greatly exaggerated. He then provides a fascinating exploration of the views and outlooks which divide Catholic and Protestant voting behavior, making a convincing case that many of these differences originate in the religions' world views. Highly empirical and creative,Relevant No More? provides new insight into interactions between religious values and voting behavior in America.

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Mark D. Brewer is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College, teaching in the Department of Government. He is the author of many articles on religion and electoral behavior in America.

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Professor Brewer nicely combines a nuanced view of several aspects of Roman Catholicism with a sophisticated understanding of U.S party politics and careful, persuasive, data analyses. This fine book will give pause to those who are awaiting a shift to the Republican Party among American Catholics. (Ted G. Jelen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Like the dog that didn't bark, American Catholics have quietly remained close to their political roots despite experiencing massive social change. In this fascinating new book, Mark Brewer demonstrates that Catholics have carved out a distinctive political stance that reflects both their experience and the messages of Catholic Social Doctrine. Relevant No More? calls attention to the importance of a voting bloc that is often overlooked by scholars and activists alike. (Kenneth D. Wald)

Brewer leaves his reader with a call for future studies to find a better way to examine religious worldviews and their impact upon modern electoral behavior. (Elizabeth Pollard-Grayson)

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Catholics are the most hotly contested bloc of the American electorate, and many political analysts dismiss the distinctiveness of their religious worldview. Mark Brewer's careful study makes it clear that the 'Catholic Ethic' is alive and well, and that those who ignore it cannot hope to fully understand the contemporary politics of religion. This is a book that will stimulate theory and research for some time to come. (Clyde Wilcox, Professor of Government, Georgetown University)

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