Religious bodies - usually through key individuals - have had considerable direct political influence over the last twenty years, contrary to some sociological theorists.
This chapter, based on a paper given to the British Sociological Association Study of Religion group provides the evidence.
Predicting Religion (eds. G. Davie, P. Heelas, L. Woodhead) Publ. Ashgate, 2003 'After Secularism: British Government and the Inner Cities' pp. 120 - 134.