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Church, State, and Democracy in Expanding Europe

Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu


This book studies the relationship between religion and politics in ten former communist Eastern European countries. Challenging widespread theories of increasing secularization, this book argues that in most of these countries, the populations have shown themselves to remain religious even as they embrace modernization and democratization. Church-state relations in the new EU member states can be seen in political representation for church leaders, governmental subsidies, registration of religions by the state, religious views on sexuality, and religious instruction in public schools. The boo ... More

Keywords: religion, politics, Eastern Europe, secularization, modernization, democratization, church-state relations, Czech church-state separation model, pluralist model, dominant religion model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337105
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337105.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lavinia Stan, author
St. Francis Xavier University
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Lucian Turcescu, author
Concordia University
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