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Faithful to SecularismThe Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines$
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David T. Buckley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180061

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180061.001.0001

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Benevolent Secularism

Benevolent Secularism

A Theory of the Religious Politics of Democracy

(p.9) 1. Benevolent Secularism
Faithful to Secularism

David T. Buckley

Columbia University Press

How do countries reconcile religion and democracy, both at critical junctures and over time? This chapter sets out a theoretical framework linking institutions of “benevolent secularism” to maintaining what Stepan has called the twin tolerations between religion and democracy. Institutions shape preferences within religious and secular elites over the place of religion in public life, and build religious-secular and interfaith partnerships that stabilize the twin tolerations when they face new challenges over time. After setting out the theoretical framework, the chapter discusses case selection and data collection.

Keywords:   Benevolent Secularism, Twin Tolerations, Religion, Democracy, Institutional Change, Research Design

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