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What's the position of faith in smooth political structures? This quantity addresses that question by way of concentrating on ten international locations throughout a number of geographic parts: Western and East-Central Europe, North the USA, the center East and South Asia. those international locations are related within the feel that they're dedicated to constitutional rule, have embraced a roughly secular tradition, and feature formal promises of freedom of faith. but in all of the instances tested the following faith impinges at the political method within the type of felony institution, semi-legitimation, subvention, and/or selective institutional preparations and its function is mirrored in cultural norms, electoral behaviour and public regulations. the connection among faith and politics is available in many sorts in differing nations, but all are confronted with 3 significant demanding situations: modernity, democracy and the more and more multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature in their societies.

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