In this revised and updated third edition of Onward Christian Soldiers? , Clyde Wilcox and Carin Larson present the history of a movement that has been active in politics for nearly 100 years, but whose influence has grown considerably in recent decades. They describe the groups, their agenda, and the tactics they have used to try to influence public policy. Their mobilization was critical in the Republicans' rise to power in 1994, in George W. Bush's reelection of 2004 in what many observers called the Values Election, and in the passage of constitutional amendments in many states banning same-sex marriage. Yet after years of mobilization, their policy agenda remains largely unfulfilled. Wilcox and Larson present a balanced account of the most controversial social movement of the 20th century. They see positive and negative effects of the movement in American politics, and see opportunities and dangers for the movement in the years ahead. Tackling the sticky political dilemma of the proper role of religious groups in American politics and showing how the contemporary religious right does--and does not--fit into that context, Onward Christian Soldiers?, Third Edition is a critical textbook for today's political science students and one sure to promote active classroom discussion.
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Bringing the story of the religious right up to the Obama administration, this revised fourth edition explores the history of the movement in twentieth and early twenty-first century American politics. The authors review the expansion of the Christian right through George W. Bush s second administration and evaluate how the religious right fared in the 2006 and 2008 elections. Although figureheads of the religious right remain in the news, their power in Washington may be declining, and the authors consider the fate of the religious right under the Obama administration. Examining how the religious right both does and does not fit into the proper role of religious groups in American politics, "Onward Christian Soldiers? "is an essential addition to the "Dilemmas in American Politics "series."About the Author:
Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University. He has published a number of books on religion and politics in the U.S. and abroad, and on interest group politics, including Groups in American Elections: The New Face of Electioneering, Second Edition and The Values Campaign: The Christian Right in the 2004 Elections . He also writes on gender politics, campaign finance, and the politics of science fiction. Carin Larson is a doctoral student in political science at Georgetown University and is currently writing her dissertation on evangelical politics. She has published articles about religion and the Bush presidency, the lobbying of religious groups in state elections, and on evangelicals in American politics.
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Book Description Westview Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11081334333X