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George W. Bush has invited more analysis and controversy over the impact of religion on his presidency than perhaps any chief executive of the modern era. Opinion on Bush's religiosity is intensely divisive, with conservative evangelicals seeing him as a man of deep faith and principles and at the same time many progressives seeing the president as almost dangerously fanatical. This volume is a scholarly review and analysis of the role of religion in the Bush presidency. It is divided into two sections of essays ...

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George W. Bush has invited more analysis and controversy over the impact of religion on his presidency than perhaps any chief executive of the modern era. Opinion on Bush's religiosity is intensely divisive, with conservative evangelicals seeing him as a man of deep faith and principles and at the same time many progressives seeing the president as almost dangerously fanatical. This volume is a scholarly review and analysis of the role of religion in the Bush presidency. It is divided into two sections of essays by leading scholars: The first examines the impact of various religious voting groups to the 2004 presidential campaign. The second reviews and assesses the impact of religion on the policies of the George W. Bush presidency.

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"When morality slips in the American presidency, the religion factor inevitably kicks in. The editors of this readable volume assemble a wide-range of talented historians and social scientists to assess this issue in the presidency of George W. Bush. The empirical data sets the standard for serious discussion of religion in contemporary America. Highly recommended."

—William D. Pederson, American Studies Endowed Chair, Louisiana State University in Shreveport

"The Politics of the Bush Era cannot be understood without a thorough understanding of the place religion plays in our culture, how it drives voter behavior, and how it informs the administration. Much heat has been generated over the topic, but Rozell and Whitney bring valuable light to the major divisions in our culture and the most interesting policies of the last few years in Washington."
—Gary L. Gregg II, Ph.D., Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership, University of Louisville

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Meet the Author

Mark J. Rozell is a professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and the author of numerous studies on religion and politics, the presidency, interest groups and other topics in American politics. His latest book is Executive Branch Czars and the Erosion of Democratic Controls (with Mitchel A. Sollenberger, 2012).
  Gleaves Whitney is Director, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Religion and the Bush Presidency—Mark J. Rozell
• Bush and the Christian Right: The Triumph of Pragmatism—Mark J. Rozell
Part I: Religion and the 2004 Election * What Does the Lord Require?: Evangelicals and the 2004 Presidential Vote—Corwin Smidt, John C. Green, Lyman Kellstedt & James Guth
• Catholics and the Politics of Change: The Presidential Campaigns of Two JFKs—John Kenneth White & William D'Antonio
• The Mainline Protestant Vote—Laura R. Olson & Adam L. Warber
• The Politics of the Religious Minorities' Vote in the 2004 Elections—Paul A. Djupe, Eric McDaniel & Jacob R. Neiheisel
Part II: Religion and the Policies of the Bush Administration
• Keeping the Charge: George W. Bush, the Christian Right, and the New Vital Center of American Politics—John W. Wells & David B. Cohen
• The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives—Amy Black & Douglas Koopman
• Buying Black Votes?: The GOP's Faith-Based Initiative—Michael K. Fauntroy
• Life Issues: Abortion, Stem Cell Research, and the Case of Terry Schiavo—Ted G. Jelen
• Evangelical Internationalists and U.S. Foreign Policy during the Bush Administration—Kevin R. den Dulk
• President George W. Bush and Judicial Restraint: Accommodating Religion—Nina Therese Kasniunas & Jack E. Rossotti

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