God at the Grass Roots 1996: The Christian Right in the American Elections / Edition 1

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Overview

God at the Grass Roots, 1996 is composed of entirely new and original essays that analyze the impact of the Christian Right in the 1996 national, state, and local elections. The nation's leading scholars of religion and politics identify and illuminate numerous trends that have dramatically evolved since the landmark elections of 1994. More than simply a revised version of the popular God at the Grass Roots, this fundamentally new edition examines the Christian Right's nationwide influence, and the essays arrive at starkly different conclusions about America's most organized and observed political interest group. This text will complement all courses on parties and elections, and religion and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Rozell and Wilcox have again assembled a diverse and talented cast who produce a volume that makes a contribution to our understanding of the connections between social movements and electoral politics. It is a necessary addition for those interested in the Christian Right. The chapters are well written and examine and explain data in a way comprehensible by undergraduates. The work captures points that would enrich a variety of courses.
— Paul A. Djupe, Gustavus Adolphus College
APSA Legislative Studies Section Newsletter, Book Notes - Scott E. Buchanan
This book is well-written and compelling...
Perspective On Political Science, Winter 99, Vol. 28, No.1 - Ted G. Jelen
Rozell and Wilcox have provided a excellent set of case studies that demonstrate both the power and the limitations of religious conservatism in American politics. The main strength of the book is its detailed insider's view of state politics.
Stuart A. Lilie
All readers will find much originality and value in the systematic analysis of the often-contrasting views of Reed and Robertson.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion - Rober D. Wodberry
God at the Grassroots is both helpful and timely. This book is valuable as a collection of well-researched vignettes, and also well-written and insightful.
Paul A. Djupe
Rozell and Wilcox have again assembled a diverse and talented cast who produce a volume that makes a contribution to our understanding of the connections between social movements and electoral politics. It is a necessary addition for those interested in the Christian Right. The chapters are well written and examine and explain data in a way comprehensible by undergraduates. The work captures points that would enrich a variety of courses.
New Political Science, Volume 20, Number 2, 1998 - R Claire Snyder
God at the Grass Roots, 1996 makes a valuable contribution to the study of the Christian Right in American national and state politics. The book provides a timely follow-up to the editors' previous examination of the 1994 elections... The book makes an important contribution to the political science literature on the American Right...
Nova Religio: The Journal Of Alternative And Emergent Religions - Peter J. Herz
God and the Grass Roots represents a thoughtful and insightful approach to the interplay of religion and politics in American life. Hopefully it will stimulate further study...
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Rozell and Wilcox have again assembled a diverse and talented cast who produce a volume that makes a contribution to our understanding of the connections between social movements and electoral politics. It is a necessary addition for those interested in the Christian Right. The chapters are well written and examine and explain data in a way comprehensible by undergraduates. The work captures points that would enrich a variety of courses.
— Paul A. Djupe, Gustavus Adolphus College
Nova Religio:Journal Of Alternative And Emergent Religions
God and the Grass Roots represents a thoughtful and insightful approach to the interplay of religion and politics in American life. Hopefully it will stimulate further study...
— Peter J. Herz, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Apsa Legislative Studies Section Newsletter
This book is well-written and compelling...
— Scott E. Buchanan, Ph.D. student
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
God at the Grassroots is both helpful and timely. This book is valuable as a collection of well-researched vignettes, and also well-written and insightful.
— Rober D. Wodberry, UNC, chapel Hill, north Caorlina
American Political Science Review
All readers will find much originality and value in the systematic analysis of the often-contrasting views of Reed and Robertson.
— Stuart A. Lilie, University of Central Florida
H-Net
Rozell and Wilcox have again assembled a diverse and talented cast who produce a volume that makes a contribution to our understanding of the connections between social movements and electoral politics. It is a necessary addition for those interested in the Christian Right. The chapters are well written and examine and explain data in a way comprehensible by undergraduates. The work captures points that would enrich a variety of courses.
— Djupe, Paul A.
Nova Religio:Journal Of Alternative And Emergent Religions
God and the Grass Roots represents a thoughtful and insightful approach to the interplay of religion and politics in American life. Hopefully it will stimulate further study...
— Peter J. Herz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847686117
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Religious Forces in the Modern Political World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark J. Rozell is professor and chair of the department of politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University. Both have written several books on religion and politics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Christian Right and the 1996 Elections: An Overview 1
2 South Carolina Christian Right: Just Part of the Family Now? 15
3 Texas: A Success Story, at Least for Now 33
4 Georgia: Purists, Pragmatists, and Electoral Outcomes 51
5 North Carolina: Jesse's Last Stand? The Christian Right in the Elections 67
6 Florida: Losing by Winning? The Odyssey of the Religious Right 79
7 Virginia: When the Music Stops, Choose Your Faction 99
8 Michigan: Veering to the Left? 115
9 California: Between a Rock and a Hard Place 135
10 Oregon: The Flood Tide Recedes 153
11 Washington: Mobilizing for Victory 169
12 Minnesota: Onward Quistian Soldiers? Christian Conservatives Confront Their Limitations 187
13 Kansas: The Christian Right and the New Mainstream of Republican Politics 207
14 Maine: Slow Growth in the Pine Tree State 223
15 West Virginia: In Search of the Christian Right 239
16 Conclusion: The Christian Right in Campaign '96 255
Index 271
About the Contributors 283
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