Returns to the Public Square:
Faith and Policy in America
Heclo and Wilfred M. McClay
352 pages, paperback
Univ Press, 2002
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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.
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.
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
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