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A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

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Volume 12, Issue 2


The Paradoxes of Politics in Colorado Springs

Joshua M. Dunn
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  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Department of Political Science, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA
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Published Online: 2014-08-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2014-5002


Despite being known as the “Evangelical Vatican,” politics in Colorado Springs is more pluralistic, and interesting, than its reputation suggests. The city is overwhelmingly conservative, but all major factions of modern conservatism – social, economic, and defense-related – have a significant presence in the city, leading to unusual controversies among them and with the city’s erstwhile liberals. Three paradoxes reveal the more complicated nature of this politics: 1) even though Colorado Springs is a bastion of evangelicalism, it is a largely secular city; 2) it loathes but is simultaneously dependent on the federal government; and 3) its social conservatives exercise more power nationally than locally.


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Joshua M. Dunn

Joshua Dunn is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He is currently writing a book, Who Governs in God’s City, on politics in Colorado Springs.

Corresponding author: Joshua M. Dunn, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, Department of Political Science, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA, e-mail:

Published Online: 2014-08-08

Published in Print: 2014-07-01

Citation Information: The Forum, Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 329–342, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, ISSN (Print) 2194-6183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2014-5002.

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