Item description for Secularism or Democracy?: Associational Governance of Religious Diversity (Amsterdam University Press - IMISCOE Research) by Veit Bader...
Policies dealing with religious diversity in liberal democratic states---as well as the established institutions that enforce those policies---are 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 diversity---combining moral and political philosophy, constitutional law, history, sociology, and religious anthropology. Drawing on such diverse scholarship, Secularism or Democracy? proposes an associational governance---a moderately libertarian, flexible variety of democratic institutional pluralism---as the plausible third way to overcome the inherent deficiencies of the predominant models.
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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
ISBN 9053569995 ISBN13 9789053569993
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More About Veit Bader
Veit Bader is professor of sociology and of social and political philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.
Veit Bader has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Stunningly thorough sober analysis Aug 19, 2009
I picked up this book for a comparative class on the governance of religion. While the conclusions the author draws often seem vague in that they don't use a particular regime as an ideal, this also hints at the fairness and objectivity of Bader's writing. While acknowledging various reasons for the antipathy between the autonomy of traditionally secular liberal democracies and the autonomy of various churches, Bader's exceedingly sober analysis lays out the flashpoints between these autonomies, and attempts to find common ground and to draw reasonable lines between them. This is not to say that Bader wishes to destroy secular liberal democracy, instead I would say that Bader is interested in protecting democracy, even if that means softening the secular 'edge' exhibited by countries such as France.
I must warn potential readers that this is an exceptionally dense text. If you are quick to take an ideological stance, you will have a hard time understanding where Bader is coming from. However, if you are interested in democratic political philosophy, reading this piece should be a priority.