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Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy

Michael Hoffman


Why does religion sometimes promote democracy and sometimes do just the opposite? Theology alone cannot explain the wide variety of influences religion has on democratic attitudes and behaviours. This book presents a theory of religion, group interest, and democracy. Focusing on communal religion, it demonstrates that the effect of communal prayer on support for democracy depends on the interests of the religious group in question. For members of groups who would benefit from democracy, communal prayer increases support for democratic institutions; for citizens whose groups would lose privileg ... More

Keywords: Religion and politics, comparative politics, democracy, regime change, political behaviour, Middle East politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197538012
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197538012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Hoffman, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame