Religion and the U.S. Presidency

Harold F. Bass and Mark J. Rozell

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 and the U.S. Presidency

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This article discusses the U.S. Presidency, its subsequent research, and the insights of religion into the institution. It first examines the role of religion on the presidency and the institutional presidency. This gives some background information on the areas presidential studies routinely deal with, such as presidential selection and presidential staffing. It also discusses the faith foundations of presidential policy agendas. This article observes that mainstream presidential scholarship has not traditionally accorded it a great deal of specific interest. However, it is noted that considerations of American civil religion have routinely referenced the symbolic leadership role of the president.

Keywords: United States; presidency; religion; institutional presidency; presidential studies; presidential selection; presidential staffing; faith foundations; presidential policy agendas

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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