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The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America

David Domke and Kevin Coe


Religion has always been a part of American politics, but something profound has changed in recent decades. This book demonstrates that, beginning with the election of Ronald Reagan as president in 1980, US politicians have employed religion as a partisan weapon, using it in a no-holds-barred calculus designed to attract voters, identify enemies, and solidify power. The book reveals this political approach by identifying four crucial religious signals used by leading Republicans and Democrats, from Reagan to Bill Clinton to George W. Bush to the front-running candidates for the 2008 presidenti ... More

Keywords: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, faith, God, politics, democracy, elections, presidents, Ronald Reagan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Domke, author
University of Washington
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Kevin Coe, author
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