The Christian Right and Contemporary Politics

Mark J. Rozell

in Crisis of Conservatism?

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199764013
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897186 | DOI:
The Christian Right and Contemporary Politics

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The contemporary Christian Right movement first mobilized into U.S. politics in the 1970s and has since moved through distinct phases of its political development. This chapter describes and analyzes the major phases of the movement, from outsider status to the political mainstream. Once considered a fringe movement with little real chance at political success, the Christian Right seemed to explode on to the U.S. political scene in the 1980 election. By the late 1980s many analysts declared the movement a failure. Yet by the mid-1990s the Christian Right reemerged politically stronger than ever, but still disappointed by its lack of significant policy success at the federal level. Then during the George W. Bush era it seemed that the Christian Right had finally entered the political mainstream and was poised for real policy gains. The essay speculates about the possible transition of the Christian Right to a new phase in the Obama era—one in which the movement will have to adapt to a reconfiguring of U.S. politics along lines that make its traditional issue appeals increasingly challenging.

Keywords: abortion; Christian Coalition; Christian Right; evangelicals; Moral Majority; religion; Republican Party; Roe v. Wade

Chapter.  7423 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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