Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the 'God Gap'

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Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the 'God Gap'

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Do Evangelical activists control the Republican Party? Do secular activists control the Democratic Party? In Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans?, Ryan Claassen carefully assesses the way campaign activists represent religious and non-religious groups in American political parties dating back to the 1960s. By providing a new theoretical framework for investigating the connections between macro social and political trends, the results challenge a conventional wisdom in which recently mobilized religious and Secular extremists captured the parties and created a God gap. The new approach reveals that very basic social and demographic trends matter far more than previously recognized and that mobilization matters far less. The God gap in voting is real, but it was not created by Christian Right mobilization efforts and a Secular backlash. Where others see culture wars and captured parties, Claassen finds many religious divisions in American politics are artifacts of basic social changes. This very basic insight leads to many profoundly different conclusions about the motivations of religious and non-religious activists and voters.

ISBN

9781107459267

Publication Date

8-2015

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

City

Cambridge, UK

Disciplines

American Politics | Political Science | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department

Political Science

Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Party Activists, Party Capture, and the 'God Gap'


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