The earliest scholarly usage of the term ‘Christian right’ was in political science, denoting often Catholic-inspired, broad-based, centre-right European parties that rose to prominence after World War II. Then, until the 1980s, Christian right in sociological literature referred mainly to an alliance between U.S. conservative evangelicals and the Republican party, often brokered by right-wing economic interests.

In the final decades of the 20th century, the once almost exclusive sociological focus on the evangelical right detected increasing right-wing activism amongst Pentecostals and Roman Catholics. Moreover, the alliance between conservative Christianity and the political and economic right encompassed similar movements in countries other than the United States. In the 21st century, sociologists turned additional attention to the rise of far right parties and movements drawing on themes ...

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