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Religion Returns to the Public Square:
Faith and Policy in America

Hugh Heclo and Wilfred M. McClay

352 pages, paperback

Johns Hopkins Univ Press, 2002
ISBN: 0801871948

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Hugh Heclo and Wilfred M. McClay, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America

The authors explore the expanded role of religious institutions in welfare and education and questions like the relation of Islam to American values in the shadow of Sept. 11.


Hugh HecloHugh Heclo is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University. He is the 2002 John Gaus Distinguished Lecturer. An expert on American democratic institutions, as well as the international development of modern welfare states, Heclo has received national awards for his books including Comparative Public Policy; A Government of Strangers: Executive Politics in Washington; and Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden. Heclo is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served in the White House and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He chaired the Ford Foundation research advisory committee, which published The Common Good: Social Welfare and the American Future.

Wilfred M. McClayWilfred M. McClay has held the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he has also been professor of history since 1999. He is currently an adjunct public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Society of Scholars at the James Madison Program of Princeton University. He is a member of the National Council on the Humanities, which is the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is author of The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (1994), which won the 1995 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians. Among his other books are The Student's Guide to U.S. History (2001) and Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in Modern America (2002). He is the coeditor of Rowman and Littlefield's book series titled American Intellectual Culture, serves on the editorial boards of the American Quarterly, Continuity, Touchstone, University Bookman, and Wilson Quarterly, and is a frequent contributor to such journals as Public Interest, First Things, American Scholar, Reviews in American History, and Wilson Quarterly.

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