The Politics of Values examines the emergence, climax, and gradual erosion of the symbiotic relationship between the Republican Party and the Evangelicals from 1998 to 2008. It argues that their similar, conservative, social values tied them together in moral, ideological, and partisan ways during the last decade, thus jeopardizing the principle of the separation of church and state and doing irreparable harm to the American political process.
In The Politics of Values, Formicola tells the story of the marriage of the religious and political right. She does this both as an insider, someone who was there when it began, and as an outsider -- as a citizen who has increasingly observed this alliance's damaging effects on American democracy. If we want to understand today's "Values Voters," this book is a must read.--David Domke, author of The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America