Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives
During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush made faith-based social services one of the centerpieces of his domestic agenda. These "faith-based initiatives," supporters argued, would reduce poverty, ease the strain on an overburdened welfare system, and prove more effective than government programs. Opponents feared rampant proselytizing with government funds. Instead, these practices created a system in which neither the greatest hopes of its supporters, nor the greatest fears of its opponents, have been realized. The product of five years of in-depth research, Rebecca Sager's Faith, Politics, and Power offers a systematic examination of where and how these programs were implemented, arguing that faith-based initiatives strayed from supporters' original aim of helping the poor, and instead were used as tools to gain political power by the Republican Party and the conservative evangelical movement.
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2 The Historical Role of Religion in Government Social Services and the Development of the FaithBased Initiatives
Finding Faith in the FaithBased Initiatives
4 Making the Initiatives the Law of the Land
FaithBased Conferences and Liaison Choices as Symbolic Politics
Why Are There FaithBased Initiatives?
Institutionalizing Religion within State Government
What Is Success?
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