The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections

The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections

The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections

The Values Campaign? The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections

Synopsis

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 elections.

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.

Excerpt

The christian right never ceases to surprise professional observers of American politics. Since its inception in the late 1970s, this social movement among conservative Christians has been the subject of numerous obituaries and revivals. the “values campaign” is a good example: After the 2000 election the Christian Right was widely perceived to be moribund—only to be declared a major factor in the 2004 election results. Behind these volatile assessments lies a deeper reality. the Christian Right has been engaged in a long and torturous march from outsider status into the mainstream of regular politics. the “values campaign” reveals that the march goes on.

This volume is the fifth in a series of research reports on the statelevel activities of the Christian Right, beginning with God at the Grass roots (Rozell and Wilcox 1995) and followed by God at the Grassroots, 1996 (Rozell and Wilcox 1997); Prayers in the Precincts (Green, Rozell, and Wilcox 2000); and The Christian Right in American Politics: Marching to the Mil lennium (Green, Rozell, and Wilcox 2003). We have served as conveners of a community of scholars who have followed Christian Right activities at the state level; this volume includes contributions by several scholars who have been involved since 1994, as well as insights from several new colleagues.

These state-level studies have focused on the electoral and organizational activities of the Christian Right, adding an important dimension to . . .

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