Religion, Parties, and Voting Behavior

John Michael McTague and Geoffrey C. Layman

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Religion, Parties, and Voting Behavior

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This article tries to provide a political explanation of religious influence. The article begins by determining how the relationship of religion to politics and voting behavior has changed during the past 4 decades. It looks at why that change has occurred, even if the new religious divisions between the electoral coalitions of the parties are most likely to take shape. This is done by focusing on the dynamic relationship between the three parts of the American party system. The last portion of the article centers on challenges, caveats, and alternatives to the authors' framework.

Keywords: religious influence; political explanation; religious divisions; electoral coalitions; American party system

Article.  18303 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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