A World Survey of Religion and the State / Edition 1

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About the Author:
Jonathan Fox is Senior Lecturer of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel, and the author of more than forty articles and three books on religion and government

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"After constructing a 62-variable data set for 175 governments, Jonathan Fox sensitively probes a series of issues that have long required but defied a multi-comparative quantitative analysis. Well-aware of both the strengths and weaknesses of such an approach, he explores the full range of hotly debated issues at the macro interface of religion and politics. Not surprisingly, the U.S. anchors one end of the separatist continuum, but surprises abound throughout this major contribution."
-N.J. Demerath III, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

"An impressive study! From preferential treatment to religious discrimination, Fox finds the intersection of religion and state a busy one. Relying on a massive new data collection of 175 governments, Fox dismisses claims about the reduced public role of religion and provides one of the most thorough overviews of church-state interactions to date."
-Roger Finke, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies and Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), Pennsylvania State University

"[A World Survey of Religion and State] is the most authoritative work of its kind. With 175 states included, and a wide range of indicators about the place of religion within them, this study is unprecedented. In contrast to conventional academic wisdom over several decades, religion turns out be very significant around the world. The findings are important: We find most states give preference to some religions over others, diverse patterns of government support for religion, persistent government attempts to protect citizens from 'bad' religions, links between national identity and religion, the globalization of religion, differences between local and national governments, and many other interesting things. This study is a significant addition to work on religion, politics and society — a must read for those with an interest in those areas and even beyond."
-Patrick James, University of Southern California

"Fox's analysis is noteworthy for his efforts to synthesize and combine both quantitative and qualitative methodology."
Canadian Journal of Political Science, Yasemin Akbaba, Gettysburg College

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Product Details

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 The Question of Religion's Role in Politics and Society: Modernization, Secularization, and Beyond? 12

3 Quantifying Religion 32

4 Global GIR from 1990 to 2002 62

5 Western Democracies 105

6 The Former Soviet Bloc 140

7 Asia 181

8 The Middle East and North Africa 218

9 Sub-Saharan Africa 249

10 Latin America 290

11 Patterns and Trends 313

12 Conclusions 352

App Data Collection and Reliability 365

Bibliography 369

Index 381

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