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From Politics to the PewsHow Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity$
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Michele F. Margolis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226555645

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226555812.001.0001

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Generalizing the Life-Cycle Theory: A Reevaluation of the 1960 Election

Generalizing the Life-Cycle Theory: A Reevaluation of the 1960 Election

(p.179) Eight Generalizing the Life-Cycle Theory: A Reevaluation of the 1960 Election
From Politics to the Pews

Michele F. Margolis

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 8 discusses the life-cycle theory’s applicability to other political contexts. The expectations tested throughout this book stem from the contemporary political environment, but the life-cycle theory does not rely on any particular relationship between religion and political parties. The theory should therefore be a useful guide as new issues emerge, new groups form, and the parties change their policy positions and electoral strategies. The chapter offers one example of this by looking at the 1960 presidential election and show evidence of the life-cycle theory at work in a different political environment in which religion and political parties were linked in very different ways than they are today.

Keywords:   religion and politics, God gap, Catholics, panel data, church attendance, elections, John F. Kennedy

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