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Product Details

  • Series: Religion and Politics series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press (February 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589010019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589010017
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is one of those pioneering efforts in the political science field that deserves wide readership and notice. A job well done!" -- Voice of Reason



"Using both case study and survey research methodologies, Professor Deckman addresses this important but understudied topic with sensitivity and skill. In so doing, she makes an important contribution to our understanding of Christian Right candidates in school board politics." -- Corwin Smidt, director of The Henry Institute, Department of Political Science, Calvin College



"This pathbreaking work explores one of the most significant manifestations of religio-political activism in the United States today: the school board candidacies of Christian Right identifiers. Deckman is substantively and methodologically authoritative in her study of these candidates and their motivations." -- Laura R. Olson, associate professor of political science, Clemson University

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Melissa M. Deckman is assistant professor of political science at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on May 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Washington College Assistant Professor Melissa M. Deckman delivers readers a fresh new portrait of the Christian right which, although still critical of their ultimate end goals, wants to understand how they were able to achieve their successes or not.

Differing from the organizational research reports and partisan titles which already flood the market, Deckman's book has readers instead consider why the religious right enjoys so much electoral success even if a majority of American voters do not formally appear to support their ideas.

She then wants us to consider how waging a campaign/counter campaign against these candidates and public officials is literally impossible when we actually do not know about the people who we want to run against.

The thesis of Deckman's book is that both sides in a community demonize each other in the process of school board and local elections in an attempt to win support from undecided voters. The Christian right is at once both more similar and more complex than previous attack campaigns/counter-responses publicly have conceded. Articulating this complex nature will then enable myself and others to win more campaigns and more effectively sell our own policies to that swing public.

Starting out with wanting to make major change, the Christian right candidates and/or elected officials subsequently are required to alter their grand world views in order to be a part of the system which they ultimately seek to change. Built on compromise, the American political system is subsequently not receptive to radical changes which these people (and other candidates) would like to make.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
Also available in a hardcover edition (1589010000, $39.95), School Board Battles: The Christian Right In Local Politics by Melisa M. Deckman (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Washington College, Chesterton, Maryland) examines ongoing local school board elections in America, and their effect upon shaping the culture and educational curriculum of the nation, a phenomenon that gaind widespread attention when the Kansas state school board, led by outspoken Christians, voted to delete evolution from the state's science curriculum and standardized tests. Especially focusing upon the electoral success of Christian Right school board candidates, School Board Battles strives to reveal why conservative Christians run for school boards, the extent of the Christian Right's influence upon school boards, and the manner in which conservative Christians in general tend to govern. A critical and insightful study of turbulent struggles to determine what will be taught to America's next generation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glen Aaron on November 26, 2012
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Fallon presents investigative reporting of the attack by fundamentalist religion on our public school system at the ground level. Among other issues, the book well presents how the teaching of critical and independent thinking is being undermined in the public school system across the nation by a well funded and organized ideology.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Ashley Russell on March 3, 2011
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I had to use the book for a Political Science project in college, and I found it to be completely boring and hard to read. The chapters and the information contained within each does not flow very well and is very confusing. I attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I found this book to be a chore to read and repetitive. To make the best of this book, just read the bold and larger titles and don't waste your time reading the monotonous details.
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