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date: 14 November 2019

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This article examines the various religious interest groups in American politics. These interest groups actually occupy an important position within the American political process: they serve as a form of “intermediary”—agents existing between the elected officials and the mass public. The article studies the institutional growth of national religious interest groups, looks at the rise of the New Religious Right, and inspects the different organizational dynamics of these groups. This article suggests that the collective activities of religious interest groups—including local community organizing and lobbying state governments—contribute to a more authentic neopluralism than what is seen in a general interest group scholarship.

Keywords: religious interest groups, American political process, intermediary, institutional growth, New Religious Right, organizational dynamics, collective activities, neopluralism

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