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Varieties of Religious Freedom and Governance

Varieties of Religious Freedom and Governance

A Practical Perspective

(p.127) Chapter Ten Varieties of Religious Freedom and Governance
Politics of Religious Freedom
Robert W. Hefner
University of Chicago Press

This essay queries the often-assumed link between democracy and religious freedom, displaying the variety of forms of religious governance that have occurred under democratization. It emphasizes the particular pressures exerted by local context. The essay focuses on the consociational government of the Netherlands, which guaranteed political representation to the four ethnic or religious “pillars” of Dutch society: Roman Catholics, orthodox Protestants, reformed Protestants, and secular humanists.

Keywords:   religious freedom, religious governance, democracy and democratization, Netherlands, consociational government, pillorization

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