Secularism or Democracy? : Associational Governance of Religious Diversity

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Policies dealing with religious diversity in liberal democratic statesas well as the established institutions that enforce those policiesare increasingly under pressure. Politics and political theory are caught in a trap between the fully secularized state and neo-corporate regimes of selective cooperation between states and organized religion. This volume proposes an original, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary approach to problems of governing religious diversitycombining moral and political philosophy, constitutional law, history, sociology, and religious anthropology. Drawing on such diverse scholarship, Secularism or Democracy?proposes an associational governancea moderately libertarian, flexible variety of democratic institutional pluralismas the plausible third way to overcome the inherent deficiencies of the predominant models.

Author Biography

Veit Bader is Professor of Sociology and Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Contested religious pluralismp. 17
Modern States and Religions, Sociological and Historical Considerations: Setting the Stagep. 33
Secularisation and separation? Institutional diversity of religious governancep. 35
Reconceptualising Principles and Making Political Philosophy Fit for the Task of Accommodating Religious Diversityp. 65
Contextualising morality: moral minimalism, relational neutrality, and fairness as even-handednessp. 67
Priority for liberal democracy or secularism? Why I am not a secularistp. 93
Dilemmas and Limits of Accommodation, Principles and Cases: Applying Moral Minimalismp. 127
Religious freedoms and other human rights, moral conundrums and hard casesp. 129
Relational neutrality and even-handedness towards religions: softer cases and symbolic issuesp. 153
Institutional Models of Democracy and Religious Governance: Associative Democracyp. 175
Moderately agonistic democracy, democratic institutional pluralism, associative democracy and the incorporation of minoritiesp. 179
Normative models of religious governance: associative democracy. a moral defencep. 201
Dilemmas of institutionalisation: associative democracy, church autonomy and equal treatment of religionsp. 223
A realistic defence of associative democracyp. 245
Associative democracy and educationp. 263
Conclusionsp. 291
Notesp. 301
Referencesp. 347
Index of namesp. 367
Index of subjectsp. 375
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