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Religion and Politics in the Howard Decade

Warhurst, John

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The interaction between religion and politics is varied, complex and often heated. It involves constitutional issues, voting behaviour, party composition and electoral competition, faith-based public administration, advocacy and lobbying by churches, mutual criticism by churches and the state, and the public presentation of religious values. This article is a comprehensive mapping and discussion of a range of the major religion and politics issues in Australia since the election of the Howard...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWarhurst, John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:45:00Z
dc.identifier.issn1036-1146
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37648
dc.description.abstractThe interaction between religion and politics is varied, complex and often heated. It involves constitutional issues, voting behaviour, party composition and electoral competition, faith-based public administration, advocacy and lobbying by churches, mutual criticism by churches and the state, and the public presentation of religious values. This article is a comprehensive mapping and discussion of a range of the major religion and politics issues in Australia since the election of the Howard government in 1996. This has been a decade in which religion has had a higher political profile than at any time since the 1950s Labor Split. One feature has been the rise to prominence of Catholics in the Coalition parties, whereas they featured heavily on the other side during the Labor Split. It is a more intellectually interesting decade than the 1950s because the influence of religion has crossed denominational and faith boundaries from the mainstream Christian churches to the newer Evangelical Christian churches and to non-Christian religions such as Islam. The overall impact of religious intervention appears to have favoured the Coalition parties, but many unanswered questions remain about the motivation and impact of these developments, and there are numerous opportunities for further research.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Political Science
dc.titleReligion and Politics in the Howard Decade
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume42
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor160601 - Australian Government and Politics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9204672xPUB151
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWarhurst, John, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage19
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage32
local.identifier.doi10.1080/10361140601158526
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T10:50:01Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34047197261
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