ARDA Guiding Papers Series

The Puzzling Politics of American Jewry

by Kenneth D. Wald

In his original essay “The Puzzling Politics of American Jewry,” Wald ponders three intellectual puzzles concerning the liberal voting behavior of American Jews. He concludes that “Jews are attracted to the classical liberal polity of the United States because they believe that its disregard of religion as a basis for citizenship/legal status has permitted them…to participate fully in society.”

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Wald, Kenneth D. 2010. The Puzzling Politics of American Jewry (ARDA Guiding Paper Series). State College, PA: The Association of Religion Data Archives at The Pennsylvania State University, from

Kenneth D. Wald is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. He has written about the relationship of religion and politics in the United States, Great Britain, and Israel. His most recent books include Religion and Politics in the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, 6th ed.), The Politics of Cultural Differences: Social Change and Voter Mobilization Strategies in the Post-New Deal Period (Princeton University Press, 2002, co-authored), and The Politics of Gay Rights (University of Chicago Press, 2000, coedited with Craig Rimmerman and Clyde Wilcox).