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date: 05 December 2020

Brazil’s Evangelical Caucuslocked

  • Pedro A. G. Dos SantosPedro A. G. Dos SantosDepartment of Political Science, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
  •  and Linsey ModdelmogLinsey ModdelmogDepartment of Political Science, Washburn University

Summary

Established in 2003, the Frente Parlamentar Evangélica no Congresso Nacional (National Evangelical Front in the National Congress) unites evangelical members of the Brazilian National Congress to pursue political agendas informed by their shared religious beliefs, as opposed to traditional party affiliation or political coalition. The rise in power and influence of the Evangelical Caucus is related to the transformation of Brazilian society from centuries of Catholic dominance to an early 21st century where around one-quarter of the population identifies as evangelical. Even though this group is known for its heterogeneity, as the Evangelical Caucus continues to increase in numbers and influence, the group may be able to better influence policymaking related to morality politics and views shared among evangelical Christian voters.

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