A new exploration of the troubled relationship between religion and democracy, focusing in on two key questions:
* how has religion engaged with the democratization processes that have taken place over the last thirty years?
* how can it contribute towards democracy in the future?
These questions are tackled with clarity and rigour. Select chapters explore the ways in which religious ideas have been used to undermine authoritarian regimes and how religious institutions have provided the basis for resistance to such regimes. The reader is
This book was previously published as a special issue of the leading journal Democratization.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Did Protestantism Create Democracy? 3. Evangelical Protestantism and Democratization in Contemporary Latin America and Asia 4. Weber in Latin America: Is protestant growth enabling the consolidation of democratic capitalism? 5. Religion and Democratization in Africa 6. Islam, Muslim Politics and Democracy 7. The Islamist Discourse of the FIS and the Democratic Experiment in Algeria 8. Democracy and Hindu Nationalism 9. Buddhism, Democracy and Identity in Thailand 10. Churches and the Consolidation of Democratic Culture: Difference and convergence in the Czech Republic and Hungary
John Anderson is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews.