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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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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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