Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis begins by recognizing that outsized corporate influence on public policy is a problem which must be fixed. I then propose that Religion-Affiliated Activist Organizations (“RAAOs”) are suited to reintroduce non-corporate agendas to the policy arena because of their metaphysically-grounded motivations, existing leadership structures, and community ties. As support, I cite scholarship in religious studies and my interviews with RAAO leaders to demonstrate how these characteristics have led to the reintroduction of non-corporate voices into policy debates generally and in the context of immigration. I conclude by addressing counterarguments and reflecting on the analysis’s implications.
Arnold, Moriah Renee, "Religious Democratic Participation and Corporate Interests" (2019). Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 60.