The Politics of Values

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In The Politics of Values: Games Political Strategists Play, Jo Renee Formicola examines the emergence, climax, and gradual erosion of the relationship between the Republican Party and the Evangelicals over the past decade. She argues that their similar, conservative social values tied them together in moral, ideological, and partisan ways, thus jeopardizing the principle of the separation of church and state and doing irreparable harm to the American political process.

Formicola also articulates how Evangelical moral influence eventually helped to shape public policy and partisan political support for the Republican Party and its candidates. She contends that the current unraveling of their relationship is becoming more visible and challenging as public demands for diverse moral values and political priorities grow. In place of the Evangelical-Republican symbiosis, Formicola maintains that progressive religious alternatives are developing, some of which are already being presented to voters by religious leaders and political candidates who are motivated by new socioeconomic needs and directions.

About the Author:
Jo Renee Formicola is professor of political science at Seton Hall University. She is the author of The Catholic Church and Human Rights (1988) and John Paul II: Prophetic Politician (2002) as well as coauthor of The Politics of School Choice (2002) and Faith-Based Initiatives and the Bush Administration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2003)

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Editorial Reviews

November 2008 CHOICE
It is a broad, competent review of the role of religion in politics in recent years. Formicola is well versed....Recommended.
David Domke
In The Politics of Values, Formicola tells the story of the marriage of the religious and political right. She does this both as an insider, someone who was there when it began, and as an outsider — as a citizen who has increasingly observed this alliance's damaging effects on American democracy. If we want to understand today's "Values Voters," this book is a must read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742539747
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Renee Formicola is a professor of political science at Seton Hall University. She is the author of several books including Faith-Based Initiatives and the Bush Administration: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (with Mary Segers and Paul Weber; Rowman & Littlefield, 2003) and Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Politics: Ten Profiles (ed. with Hubert Morken, Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Emergence: Traditional Values Become Politicized     7
The Nexus: Evangelicals, Social Conservatives, and Republicans Come Together     31
The Culture Wars: Values, Values Everywhere     55
Extending Values: Impacting the Political Process and Public Policy     77
The Democrats Respond: Let's Talk Values     99
The Religious Progressives Reply: Let's Get Involved     117
The Right Implodes: Scandals, Corruption, and Rejection     133
Looking Forward: Can the Politics of Values Survive?     159
Works Cited     179
Index     189
About the Author     199
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