Political Science of Religion

Theorising the Political Role of Religion

Authors: Potz, Maciej

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  • Moves beyond the paradigms of Church and State or Religion and Politics to discuss a new theoretical framework
  • Contributes significantly to an under-theorised element of political science
  • Makes arguments concerning the role of religion in democracy and theocratic power 
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This book introduces political science of religion – a coherent approach to the study of the political role of religion grounded in political science. In this framework, religion is viewed as a political ideology providing legitimation for power and motivating political attitudes and behaviors of the public. Religious organizations are political actors negotiating the political system in the pursuit of their faith-based objectives. Religion is thus interpreted as a power resource and religious groups as political players. The theoretical framework developed in the first part is applied to the study of theocracies and contemporary democracies, based on the case studies of Poland and the USA. The empirical analysis of resources, strategies and opportunities of religious actors demonstrates their ability to influence the politics of democracies and non-democracies alike. Using a multilevel approach, the book seeks to explain this tremendous political potential of religion.

About the authors

Maciej Potz is a full professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Systems, Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Łódź, Poland. His research focuses on political theory and political science of religion. As a Foundation for Polish Science scholar he did research on Shaker and Mormon theocracies in the USA. His publications include monographs on the relations between religion and the state in the USA and on American theocracies, as well as several articles, including in Religion, State and Society, Journal of Political Power, Politics and Religion Journal.

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“Without doubt, the studies on political science of religion in the field of political science are vital both on the theoretical level, as they provide new knowledge, and on the practical level, as the foundation for practical measures and legislation. This is an interdisciplinary study that analyzes different aspects of political science of religion. The author should therefore be commended for examining such a complex research problem.” (Maria Marczewska-Rytko, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Poland)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Science of Religion
Book Subtitle
Theorising the Political Role of Religion
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20169-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20169-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20168-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 187
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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