U.S. religious interest groups : institutional profiles /
Paul J. Weber and W. Landis Jones.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
xxviii, 207 p. ; 25 cm.
0313266956 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
0313266956 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-202) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-10:
This volume is an important contribution to Greenwood's "American Public Policy Formation" series. The authors include 120 groups, arranged alphabetically by name. Each entry, about one page in length, begins with the group's address, phone, and fax number. A brief paragraph provides information on origin, and this is followed by the group's mission statement, organization and funding, policy concerns, affiliation, publications and, finally, comments by the authors on its recent activities. The term "religious" refers not only to groups that represent denominations (e.g., the Mennonite Central Committee) but also to "independent associations that identify themselves as supporting religious values" and groups that may not consider themselves religious but that, in the author's eyes, support an ultimate meaning system. An interest group is considered to be one that attempts to influence public policy. Among the groups included are the AIDS National Interfaith Network, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Americans for Peace Now, Amnesty International, Concerned Women for America, Evangelicals for Social Action, Washington Office for Haiti, and World Vision. Seven very useful appendixes list the groups by topic (e.g., the areas of public policy they seek to influence, their religious affiliation, whether they are politically liberal or conservative, and the size of their budget). A four-page bibliographic essay leads the reader to additional material on interest groups. This is a very useful volume for those who may want to join a religious interest group or for those seeking a brief but helpful sketch of a group. Recommended for all public and academic libraries. D. Bourquin; California State University, San Bernardino
Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-04-01:
The authors have collected basic directory and organizational information on 120 national religious interest groups within the United States--quite an accomplishment, given the wide-ranging nature of these organizations. The volume begins with a well-written chapter on the history of U.S. religious interest groups, which is followed by the alphabetized directory entries. These entries include essential contact information plus the organization's origin and mission statement, its physical arrangement and funding, policy concerns and tactics, affiliation, and publications (if any). Within each entry, the authors quote the words of the organizations as frequently as possible--in order to let the group speak for itself. The volume concludes with seven appendixes that arrange the organizations into several different categories, followed by a small bibliographic essay and index. Offering information that is broader in scope and more detailed than more general works like the Encyclopedia of Associations (Gale, 1993), this book also serves as an excellent starting point for research. Essential for large political science and religious collections.-- David L. Laughlin, MLS, St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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'œThis volume is an important contribution to Greenwood's "American Public Policy Formation" series. This is a very useful volume for those who may want to join a religious interest group or for those seeking a brief but helpful sketch of a group. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.'' Choice
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Long Description
This unique encyclopedia describes how a wide range of religious groups from an even wider spectrum of religious denominations has acted vigorously to influence public policy since the beginning of the republic. This advocacy by religious interests continues in the 1990s even more dramatically and professionally than in previous decades. This one-volume reference provides a historical sketch of religious activism through the years and then profiles 118 major organizations, describing their origins and development, organization and funding, program strategies, political activities, and publications. The encyclopedia is filled with practical directory-type information also. Appendices classify the groups by religious traditions, size, membership type of group, and policy interests. A full index makes the volume easily accessible to serve broad interdisciplinary audiences of students, teachers, experts, organization activists, and lay readers.
Table of Contents
Religious Interest Groups History of U.S.
Religious Interest Groups U.S.
Religious Interest Groups
Groups by Policy Area
Groups by Religious Affiliation
Groups by Political Identification
Single-Issue Groups
Groups by Type of Membership
Litigating Groups
Groups by Size of Budget
Bibliographic Essay
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