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  • Author(s): Clifton, Brett M.
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    Party Politics. Sep2004, Vol. 10 Issue 5, p475-498. 24p. 2 Charts.
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      Despite the increasing involvement of interest groups and social movement organizations in the American political system over the past few decades, only recently has some attention been given to understanding how their activities affect political parties. To investigate the relationship between parties and groups, I examine the interactions between the Christian Coalition and the Republican Party. Relying on 17 interviews with national Republican and Christian Coalition officials, and a mail survey of 423 Republican county chairs, I argue that the Christian Coalition has used electoral mobilization and policy expertise more than financial clout to influence the party. These results have important ramifications for the relationship between groups and political parties. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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