Nations Under God Paperback

How Churches Use Moral Authority to Influence Policy

by Anna Grzymala-Busse;


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Nations Under God

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In some religious countries, churches have drafted constitutions, restricted abortion, and controlled education. In others, church influence on public policy is far weaker. Why? Nations under God argues that where religious and national identities have historically fused, churches gain enormous moral authority--and covert institutional access. These powerful churches then shape policy in backrooms and secret meetings instead of through open democratic channels such as political parties or the ballot box. Through an in-depth historical analysis of six Christian democracies that share similar religious profiles yet differ in their policy outcomes--Ireland and Italy, Poland and Croatia, and the United States and Canada--Anna Grzyma?a-Busse examines how churches influenced education, abortion, divorce, stem cell research, and same-sex marriage. She argues that churches gain the greatest political advantage when they appear to be above politics. Because institutional access is covert, they retain their moral authority and their reputation as defenders of the national interest and the common good.
Nations under God shows how powerful church officials in Ireland, Canada, and Poland have directly written legislation, vetoed policies, and vetted high-ranking officials. It demonstrates that religiosity itself is not enough for churches to influence politics--churches in Italy and Croatia, for example, are not as influential as we might think--and that churches allied to political parties, such as in the United States, have less influence than their notoriety suggests.

Nations Under God by Anna Grzymala-Busse was published by Princeton University Press in May 2015. The ISBN for Nations Under God is 9780691164762.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPrinceton University Press (May 2015)
Weight599g
Number of Pages440
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780691164762
ISBN-100691164762
Product Code4317294
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