Religion and Democratization
As religion has become increasingly “deprivatized,” political scientists remain divided on whether religion helps, hinders, or has no effect upon the democratization process. Moreover, scholars debate the mechanisms through which religion affects democratization. Some argue that particular religious traditions have elements that may or may not be conducive to individual or group support of democratization, while others focus on religion-state relations as the core determinant of religion’s relationship with democracy and democratization. In this roundtable, we will examine the various ways religion interacts with democratization, and ask how policy mechanisms might be used to encourage a constructive role for religious individuals, groups, and institutions in the democratization processes of states around the world.
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