The Values Campaign?: The Christian Right and the 2004 Elections
edited by John C. Green, Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox
contributions by Kimberly H. Conger, James L. Guth, Clyde Wilcox, Linda Merolla, David Beer, John C. Green, James M. Penning, Corwin E. Smidt, Kimberly H. Conger, Donald P. Racheter, Christopher P. Gilbert, Kenneth D. Wald, Richard K. Scher, Matthew DeSantis, Susan Orr, Carin Larson, Shad Satterthwaite, J. Christopher Soper, Joel Fetzer, James L. Guth, John C. Green, Mark J. Rozell, Clyde Wilcox, Mark J. Rozell, Debasree Das Gupta and John C. Green
Georgetown University Press, 2006
Cloth: 978-1-58901-109-0 | Paper: 978-1-58901-108-3
Library of Congress Classification JK526 2004.V35 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.9730931


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.

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