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Religion and DemocratizationFraming Religious and Political Identities in Muslim and Catholic Societies$
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Michael D. Driessen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329700

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329700.001.0001

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Religion, State, and Democracy

Religion, State, and Democracy

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Religion and Democratization

Michael D. Driessen

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the theoretical relationship between religion and democracy and introduces a framework for analyzing religion-state arrangements in democracies. The first section defines how the book uses the concepts “democracy” and “democratization” and explores what theoretical room such definitions leave for the institutional influence of religion on democratic life. The second section explores why the idea of a religiously friendly democracy remains controversial by examining the relationship between secularization theories and liberal political philosophy. The third section challenges this scepticism and presents a revisionist account of the decline of institutional public religious influence in the West. The final section introduces a conceptual framework to capture the multi-dimensional relationship between religion-state arrangements and democracy.

Keywords:   democratization, secularization, liberal political philosophy, religion-state arrangements

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