Confessions of an Interest Group: The Catholic Church and Political Parties in Europe

Carolyn M Warner

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Confessions of an Interest Group challenges the view of the Catholic Church as solely a moral force whose interests are seamlessly represented by the Christian Democratic parties. Blending theory, cultural narrative, and archival research, Warner demonstrates that the French Church's superficial and brief connection with a political party was directly related to its loss of political influence during the War. The Italian Church's power, on the other hand, remained stable through the War, so the Church and the Christian Democrats more easily found multiple grounds for long-term cooperation. The German Church chose yet another path, reluctantly aligning itself with a new Catholic-Protestant party. This book is an important work that expands the growing literature on the economics of religion, interest group behavior, and the politics of the Catholic Church.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPrinceton, New Jersey
PublisherPrinceton University Press
ISBN (Print)0-691-01026-9
StatePublished - 2000


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