Bader, Veit-Michael.

Secularism or democracy? : associational governance of religious diversity / Veit Bader. - [Amsterdam] : Amsterdam University Press, ©2007. - 1 online resource (386 pages). - IMISCOE research . - IMISCOE research. .

Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-366) and index.

Introduction Contested religious pluralism. Modern states and religions, sociological and historical considerations: setting the stage -- Secularisation and separation? Institutional diversity of religious governance -- Reconceptualising principles and making political philosophy fit for the task of accommodating religious diversity -- Contextualising morality: moral minimalism, relational neutrality, fairness as even-handedness -- Priority for liberal democracy or secularism? Why I am not a secularist -- Dilemmas and limits of accommodation, principles and cases: applying moral minimalism -- Religious freedoms and other human rights, moral conundrums and hard cases -- Relational neutrality and even-handedness towards religions: softer cases and symbolic issues -- Institutional models of democracy and religious governance: associative democracy -- Moderately agonistic democracy, democratic institutional pluralism, associative democracy and the incorporation of minorities -- Normative models of religious governance: associative democracy, a moral defence -- Dilemmas of institutionalisation; associative democracy, church autonomy and equal treatment of religions -- A realistic defence of associative democracy -- Associative democracy and education -- Conclusions. Part I. Part II. Part III. Part IV.

"Established institutions and policies of dealing with religious diversity in liberal democratic states are increasingly under pressure. Practical politics and political theory is caught in a trap between a fully secularized state (strict separation of state and politics from completely privatized religions based on an idealized version of American denominationalism or French republicanism) and neo-corporatist or 'pillarized' regimes of selective cooperation between states and organized religions. The book offers an original, comprehensive conceptual, theoretical and practical approach to problems of governance of religious diversity from a multi-disciplinary perspective combining moral and political philosophy, constitutional law, history, sociology and anthropology of religions and comparative institutionalism. Proposals of associative democracy - a moderately libertarian, flexible version of democratic institutional pluralism - are introduced and scrutinized whether they can serve as as plausible third way overcoming the inherent deficiencies of the predominant models in theory and practice"--Publisher's description.


904850192X 9789048501922

22573/ctt45sdms JSTOR


Democracy--Religious aspects.
Religion and politics.
Religious pluralism--Political aspects.
Democracy--Religious aspects.
Philosophy & Religion.
Religion - General.
Religion and politics.
RELIGION--Religion, Politics & State.
Society and social sciences.
Sociology and anthropology.
Secularisatie (maatschappij)

Associational governance Democracy History Law Multiculturalism Philosophy Religion Secularism Sociology

Electronic book.
Electronic books.

BL65.P7 / B334 2007eb


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