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Palgrave Macmillan

Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election

ISBN 9781137360748
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy

Romney was the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to earn a presidential nomination from a major political party. This book examines what Mitt Romney's nomination for president means for America, Mormons, and the relationship between politics and religion. The first half of the book introduces Mormonism as a religion and a subculture to provide a foundation for understanding Mitt Romney and the 'Mormon Moment,' a recent period of Mormons ascending in popular culture. The second half analyzes the interplay between politics and religion in the 2012 presidential election. Particular focus is given to the approach of the LDS Church toward American politics and the impact of Romney's faith on his campaign and electoral prospects. Mitt Romney, Mormonism, and the 2012 Election provides an analysis of a poorly understood religious group that is essential to understanding contemporary American politics.

Luke Perry is Chair and Associate Professor of Government at Utica College, USA. Perry earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and spent three years working at Southern Utah University. Perry, a Fulbright Scholar, is a leading expert on Mormons and politics. His previous book, Mormons in American Politics; From Persecution to Power, was published in 2013.

1. Introducing the 2012 Presidential Election
2. Basic Elements of Mormonism
3. Born in the U.S.A.
4. The Mormon Moment
5. The Rise of Romney
6. Prophets and Presidents
7. L.D.S. Political Advocacy
8. Who Won and Why
9. Forward


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