Secularism or Democracy?

Associational Governance of Religious Diversity

Veit Bader

Veit Bader

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

386 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2007
Paper $65.95 ISBN: 9789053569993 Published February 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.
Contents

Preface

Introduction Contested religious pluralism

 

PART I      MODERN STATES AND RELGIONS, SOCIOLOGICAL AND HISTORICAL CONSIDERATIONS: SETTING THE STAGE

 

1    Secularisation and separation? Institutional diversity of religious governance

 

PART II     RECONCEPTUALISING PRINCIPLES AND MAKING POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY FIT FOR THE TASK OF ACCOMMODATING RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

 

2        Contextualising morality: moral minimalism, relational neutrality, fairness as even-handedness

3        Priority for liberal democracy or secularism? Why I am not a secularist

 

PART III    DILEMMAS AND LIMITS OF ACCOMMODATION, PRINCIPLES AND CASES: APPLYING MORAL MINIMALISM

 

4        Religious freedoms and other human rights, moral conundrums and hard cases

 

5        Relational neutrality and even-handedness towards religions: softer cases and symbolic issues

 

PART IV   INSTITUTIONAL MODELS OF DEMOCRACY AND RELIGIOUS GOVERNANCE: ASSOCIATIVE DEMOCRACY

 

6        Moderately agonistic democracy, democratic institutional pluralism, associative democracy and the incorporation of minorities

 

7        Normative models of religious governance: associative democracy, a moral defence

 

8        Dilemmas of institutionalisation; associative democracy, church autonomy and equal treatment of religions

 

9        A realistic defence of associative democracy

 

10    Associative democracy and education

 

Conclusions

Notes

References

Index of names

Index of subjects

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