Motive and opportunity: British Christian parties 1997-2011

Steve Bruce

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The absence from Britain of anything like the United States New Christian Right of the 1980s could be explained by differences in the popularity of religion or in features of the respective party and political structures. Devolution and electoral reform have encouraged British Christians to form political parties and contest elections. Examination of their performance, agendas, and candidate profiles, coupled with survey data on British attitudes to mixing religion and politics, suggests that the major difference between the United States and Britain lies in the degree of secularization rather than in political opportunity structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-24
Number of pages22
JournalPolitics and Religion
Issue number1
Early online date27 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Bibliographical note

I am grateful to the Leverhulme Trust that supported my research with a Senior Research Fellowship from 2007 to 2009 and to Tony Glendinning for his part in our collaborative work on attitudes to the public presence of religion.


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