The Christian Right never ceases to surprise professional observers
of American politics.
With the Christian coalition in disarray, many expected that the
movement would play less of a role in the 2004 elections. But when
exit polls reported that "moral values" were the most commonly
cited reason for presidential vote choice, pundits immediately
proclaimed the importance of the "values vote." Yet the role of the
Christian Right, of statewide referenda on same-sex marriage, and
of religious mobilization remained the subject of debate.
The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004
Elections reaches well beyond the instant analyses of the
post-election period to provide an assessment of the role of the
religious right in 2004. The contributors to this volume are among
the leading scholars of religion and politics in the United States,
and many have contributed for over a decade to ongoing discussions
of the role played by the religious right in national
The authors consider national mobilization and issues, and also
explore the role of the Christian Right in specific states. Their
evaluations contend that the "values campaign" was not an
aberration but a consistent pattern of national politics, and that
moral traditionalism will likely continue to be a significant
factor in future elections.
A timely study of the 2004 elections, this volume will appeal to
scholars and observers of electoral politics, state politics, and
religion and politics.
Subjects: Religion, Political Science
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