Public Religion and State Transformation: Zero-Sum Game or Fruitful Partnership?

Public Religion and State Transformation: Zero-Sum Game or Fruitful Partnership? Journal of Religion in Europe 3 (2010) 323–349 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187489210X518529 Journal of Religion in Europe Public Religion and State Transformation: Zero-Sum Game or Fruitful Partnership? Alexander-Kenneth Nagel Centrum für Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, Ruhr-Universität Bochum Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum, Germany Abstract Modern nation states appear to be under siege: economic transactions and environmental pressures come along in global dimensions and along with transnational mass communication and religious communities call into question the paradigm of secular nationalism. While political scientists have supplied use- ful heuristics to examine the transformation of modern states under these conditions, they have widely disparaged the religious factor as a premodern atavism. Scholars of religious studies, on the other hand, have celebrated the ‘new’ publicity of religion, but established an overtly antagonistic concept of religion and the state. In this article I try to connect the two debates by argu- ing that the role of public religion for state transformation can be understood in institutionalist terms of public-private partnerships rather than as a zero-sum game. Keywords religion and politics , public religion , religion and welfare , internationalization , privatization 1. Introduction Recent debates suggest an opposite development of Journal of Religion in Europe Brill

Public Religion and State Transformation: Zero-Sum Game or Fruitful Partnership?

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