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Prophetic at Any Price? Clergy Political Behavior and Utility Maximization

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I examine the degree to which U.S. clergy might be considered utility maximizers in determining whether to undertake political behavior among their parishioners. Specifically, I investigate whether mainline Protestant clergy elect not to engage in political activities due to a general concern that their behavior might lead to a downturn in parishioner contributions. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Brian Robert Calfano, 2010. "Prophetic at Any Price? Clergy Political Behavior and Utility Maximization," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(3), pages 649-668.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:3:p:649-668
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    1. Christopher P. Scheitle & Nicole Cornell, 2015. "Hearing Clergy Speak About Social and Political Issues: Examining the Effects of Religious Tradition and Personal Interest," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 96(1), pages 148-160, March.

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