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Confessions of an Interest Group: The Catholic Church and Political Parties in Europe
     

Confessions of an Interest Group: The Catholic Church and Political Parties in Europe

by Carolyn M. Warner
 

ISBN-10: 0691010269

ISBN-13: 9780691010267

Pub. Date: 03/27/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Following World War II, the Catholic Church in Europe faced the challenge of establishing political influence with newly emerging democratic governments. The Church became, as Carolyn Warner pointedly argues, an interest group like any other, seeking to attain and solidify its influence by forming alliances with political parties. The author analyzes the Church's

Overview

Following World War II, the Catholic Church in Europe faced the challenge of establishing political influence with newly emerging democratic governments. The Church became, as Carolyn Warner pointedly argues, an interest group like any other, seeking to attain and solidify its influence by forming alliances with political parties. The author analyzes the Church's differing strategies in Italy, France, and Germany using microeconomic theories of the firm and historical institutionalism. She demonstrates how only a strategic perspective can explain the choice and longevity of the alliances in each case. In so doing, the author challenges earlier work that ignores the costs to interest groups and parties of sustaining or breaking their reciprocal links.

Confessions of an Interest Group challenges the view of the Catholic Church as solely a moral force whose interests are seamlessly represented by the Christian Democratic parties. Blending theory, cultural narrative, and archival research, Warner demonstrates that the French Church's superficial and brief connection with a political party was directly related to its loss of political influence during the War. The Italian Church's power, on the other hand, remained stable through the War, so the Church and the Christian Democrats more easily found multiple grounds for long-term cooperation. The German Church chose yet another path, reluctantly aligning itself with a new Catholic-Protestant party. This book is an important work that expands the growing literature on the economics of religion, interest group behavior, and the politics of the Catholic Church.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691010267
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/27/2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Abbreviations xv

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Catholic Church and Democracy 3

Chapter 2. Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Religion 17

Chapter 3. The Constraints and Opportunities of History 40

Chapter 4. Interests, Identities, and Role Definition 74

Chapter 5. Selecting an Ally: The Catholic Church and Christian Democracy in Italy and France 97

Chapter 6. Evaluating the Alliance: Exit or Voice? 116

Chapter 7. Getting Out the Vote: Mobilization Techniques 135

Chapter 8. Christian Democratic Parties and Their Search for Allies 163

Chapter 9. Comparative Perspectives: Germany 185

Chapter 10. The Political Crossroads of Catholicism in Postwar Europe: Contributions to a Theory of Interest Groups 203

References 223

Index 243

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