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Religion and Democratization: Framing Religious and Political Identities in Muslim and Catholic Societies

Michael D. Driessen


The book is a comparative study of how regime types and religion-state arrangements frame questions of religious and political identities in Muslim and Catholic societies. The book proposes a theory for modeling the dynamics of “Religiously Friendly Democratization” processes in which states institutionally favor specific religious values and organizations and allow religious political parties to contest elections. Religiously friendly democratization has a transformative effect on both the democratic politics and religious life of society. The book explains this transformation as a function o ... More

Keywords: religion-state arrangements, Muslim societies, Catholic societies, religiously friendly democratization, inclusion-moderation hypothesis, secularization, religious markets, public religions, religious political parties, political identities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199329700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. Driessen, author
John Cabot University