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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 and Democratization in Italy

Religion and Democratization in Italy

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Religion and Democratization

Michael D. Driessen

Oxford University Press

This chapter tests the causal logics of the theory through an in-depth case study of religiously friendly democratization in Italy between 1945 and 1965. It considers the historical backdrop to the democratization process and then analyzes the evolution of the political religious movement in Italy, including the Italian Christian Democratic party (DC), the Vatican and Italian Catholic associations. It then studies the relationship of this evolution to the dramatic religious changes of the period. The analysis places particular emphasis on the dynamics leading to the Italian apertura a sinistraand the Second Vatican Council. The chapter employs some comparative evidence from France, Spain and Portugal to put the analysis of the chapter in relief.

Keywords:   Italian Christian Democratic Party, Second Vatican Council, apertura a sinistra, Catholic Associations, Vatican

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