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Faithful to Secularism: The Religious Politics of Democracy in Ireland, Senegal, and the Philippines

David T. Buckley

Abstract

Religion and democracy can make tense bedfellows. Secular elites may view religious movements as conflict-prone and incapable of compromise, while religious actors may fear that anticlericalism will drive religion from public life. Yet such tensions are not inevitable: from Asia to Latin America, religious actors coexist with, and even help to preserve, democracy. In Faithful to Secularism, David T. Buckley argues that political institutions that encourage an active role for public religion are a key part in explaining this variation. He develops the concept of "benevolent secularism" to descr ... More

Keywords: Religion, Democracy, Secularism, Political Catholicism, Political Islam, Historical Institutionalism, Mixed Methods, Ireland, Senegal, Philippines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231180061
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231180061.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David T. Buckley, author
University of Louisville