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The Role of Religion in American Politics

Corwin E. Smidt, Lyman A. Kellstedt and James L. Guth

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195326529.003.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Role of Religion in American Politics

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This article provides an overview of the major perspectives that can explain the connection between American politics and religion. The first section contains a short discussion of how scholars have conceptualized religion and then focuses on the theories that were advanced to explain the relationship of religion to American politics. Attention is given to some basic problems with the conceptualization and measurement of the religious variables that are emphasized by each theoretical approach.

Keywords: American politics; religion; major perspectives; theories; religious variables; conceptualization; measurement issues

Article.  17426 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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