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Pope Francis as a Global Actor

Where Politics and Theology Meet

  • Alynna J. Lyon
  • Christine A. Gustafson
  • Paul Christopher Manuel

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Where Politics Meets Theology Under Pope Francis

  3. The Global Politics of Pope Francis

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 285-292

About this book


Pope Francis confuses many observers because his papacy does not fit neatly into any pre-established classificatory schemes. To gain a deeper appreciation of Francis’s complicated papacy, this volume proposes that an interdisciplinary approach, fusing concepts derived from moral theology and the social sciences, may properly situate Pope Francis as a global political entrepreneur. The chapters in this volume ask what difference it makes that he is the first pope from Latin America, how and why different countries in the world respond to him, how his understanding of scripture informs his ideas on economic, social, and environmental policy, and where politics meets theology under Francis. In the end, this volume seeks to provide a more robust understanding of the enigmatic papacy of Francis.


Catholicism Jesuit Catholic Doctrine climate change LGBT rights capital punishment political theology modernity secularization social policy war on drugs Laudato Si policy entrepreneur Congress Latin America China Vietnam Migration refugee crisis media

Editors and affiliations

  • Alynna J. Lyon
    • 1
  • Christine A. Gustafson
    • 2
  • Paul Christopher Manuel
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurham, NHUSA
  2. 2.Saint Anselm CollegeManchester, NHUSA
  3. 3.American UniversityWashington, DCUSA

About the editors

Alynna J. Lyon is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire, US.

Christine A. Gustafson is Associate Dean of the College and Associate 
Professor of Politics at Saint Anselm College, US.

Paul Christopher Manuel is Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University, US.

Bibliographic information


“Pope Francis as a Global Actor: Where Politics and Theology Meet, hold obvious interest for scholars working across the areas of theology and politics. … The contents of Pope Francis as a Global Actor are wide ranging and, frequently, engaging.” (Christopher Hrynkow, Reading Religion,, August 21, 2019)