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Business, Religion and the Law
Church and Business Autonomy in The Secular Economy

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ISBN 9781032375625
January 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the intersection between business and religion from a legal perspective. Taking a fresh look at some of the most compelling literature in law and religion, it proposes a rethinking of what scholars on both sides of the Atlantic have dubbed ‘church autonomy’ or, more recently, ‘corporate religious freedom’.

The volume explores how, in the wake of a decade of US Supreme Court case-law, corporate religious freedom is now increasingly being extended to protect the religious liberty of another corporate entity: the for-profit corporation. By exposing this shift from church to business autonomy in American law, it is argued that a similar narrative has also begun to take place in Europe. Through a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to corporate religious freedom, the work provides the reader with a new, comprehensive and easily accessible history on the genesis and evolution of this legal category in American and European law.

The book combines material that straddles international law and religion, corporate law, and economic theory. The diversity of views contained within it makes it a valuable resource for scholars and students in Law & Religion; Corporate Social Responsibility and Law & Economics.

Table of Contents

Part I: Church Autonomy
I. Framework
II. Employment
Part II: Business Autonomy
III: Neutrality-based companies
IV: Faith-based companies
Concluding Remarks

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Matteo Corsalini is a post-doc researcher at University of Padua - School of Law, Italy.


"Religious organisations and the business sector are increasingly intertwined as the global economy is moving beyond its modern secular concept. This informative and challenging book provides a groundbreaking account from which scholars, actors and general leadership have a lot to learn for the sake of their knowledge and strategies."

Professor Marco Ventura, University of Siena, Italy