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Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare

Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Eastern Europe

Editors: Glatzer, Miguel, Manuel, Paul Christopher (Eds.)

  • Includes contributors based in the Eastern European regions covered in the volume
  • Challenges social scientists to nuance their understanding of how secularization is changing Europe
  • Provides a complement to the editors' previous project Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare: Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Western Europe with a new focus on Eastern Europe
  • Searches for larger political, sociological, cultural and religious patterns that bind and differentiate the Eastern European countries
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About this book

This volume seeks to understand the role and function of religious-based organizations in strengthening associational life through the provision of social services, thereby legitimizing a new role for faith in the formerly secular public sphere. Specifically, we explore how a church in a postcommunist setting, during periods of economic growth and recession in the wake of transitions to capitalism, and with varied numbers of adherents, might contribute to welfare services in a new political regime with freedom of religion. Put another way, what new pressures would be placed on the secular welfare state if religious organizations (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, others) simply stopped offering their services? By examining public perceptions of the church, changing dynamics of religiosity, and church-state-civil society relations, the volume places these issues in context.

About the authors

Miguel Glatzer is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Leadership and Global Understanding Program at La Salle University, USA. His current research focuses on social policy, labor market policy, the European sovereign debt crisis, financial literacy, and immigration. 

Paul Christopher Manuel is the Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA. His research interests address comparative democratization, comparative public policy, and the relationship between religion and politics. 

Reviews

“I welcome a further volume from Miguel Glatzer and Paul Manuel on religion and welfare in Europe. The emphasis this time is on a range of post-communist countries: some Orthodox, some Catholic and some markedly secular. What contributions do the churches make to the delivery of welfare in these very varied contexts? And—more profoundly—what does this tell us about the evolving place of religion in this part of the world?”

Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

 

“Following their focus on Western Europe in an earlier volume, Glatzer and Manuel turn their attention to Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe. This fascinating and illuminating volume brings together both country and theoretical experts, providing a comprehensive examination of how religious organizations can contribute to welfare services under novel political regimes which, at least theoretically, provide much greater freedom of religion than in the immediate past. A must-read for anyone interested in the current roles of religion and civil society in post-Communist Europe.”

Jeffrey Haynes, Professor & Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University, UK

 

“An excellent volume that not only deals with faith-based organizations and their role in society, but challenges deep-seated assumptions about secularization, including by showing how Eastern European churches became more involved in the shaping of local democracies than their Western counterparts.”

—Lucian Turcescu, Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Theological Studies,

Concordia University, Canada

 

“This authoritative text is of great importance as it explores key issues, offers insights and opens avenues for further research on the provision of social welfare services by faith-based organizations in post-communist Eastern Europe. This part of the world tends to be examined through a lens that is derived from Western European experiences and notions of secularization, modernization and democratization. The editors and authors of the volume explore the relationships between religion, democracy and social welfare during Eastern Europe's unique historical, political and socioeconomic trajectories in its multifaceted transition to a capitalist market-based system. Their insights make important contributions on topics of even greater significance, including the intertwined relationships between religion, democracy, the welfare state and social policy, and the economic marketplace.”

Lina Molokotos-Liederman, Research Fellow, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK & Affiliated Researcher, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK

 

“Where previous work on religion in Eastern Europe often emphasized conflict and competition between the mainline Church or Churches and the secular state, this volume, ably edited by Miguel Glatzer and Paul Manuel, offers something new, placing its stress rather on the engagement of Churches in charity, including collaboration with state authorities in joint social programs. Coverage includes both Orthodox societies (Russia, Ukraine, Romania) and predominantly Catholic societies (such as Poland and Croatia, among others), as well as societies with large numbers of religiously unaffiliated (specifically Estonia and the Czech Republic). There is much to learn from this innovative book, which any serious university library should acquire.”

Sabrina P. Ramet, Professor of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

 

“The book is a significant contribution to political science analyses of religion and social welfare. It casts a wide net over the entangled dynamics of religion and social welfare in nine East-Central-European countries in a manner that resists generalization. Drawing on analyses of the way religious organizations address various forms of social distress, this fine collection of articles underscores the pressing issue of social welfare in such an intricate religious landscape.”

—Detelina Tocheva, Research Fellow, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

 

“By looking at the role of religion for the provision of welfare and associational life, the volume addresses crucial topics in contemporary Eastern Europe in great detail. The authors in the volume train their eyes on emphasizing the nuances between the states and religions in Eastern Europe. To sum up, it is fair to say that the volume contributes substantially to our understanding of religion in its relation to politics and society in these societies.”

Tobias Köllner, University of Witten-Herdecke, Germany

 

“This volume is outstanding in its contribution to the debate on religion in politics. Focusing on the institutional power of faith-based organizations that provide welfare services, the volume analyses a major but understudied factor of the public role of religion. In contrast to the secularization and differentiation thesis, religion still matters in providing for basic social needs. The editors bring together a theoretically sound collection with a wide range of case studies from post-communist Eastern Europe. The individual chapters shed light on the variations the return and resilience of religion can show. This excellent contribution is a must-read for all scholars and students with an interest in comparative politics, religion and politics, social policy, and Eastern Europe. It sets a new bench mark in the field.”

Mariano P. Barbato, Professor of Political Science at the University of Passau, Germany, and DFG Heisenberg Fellow at the Center for Religion and Modernity at the University of Munster, Germany


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare
Book Subtitle
Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Eastern Europe
Editors
  • Miguel Glatzer
  • Paul Christopher Manuel
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-44707-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-44707-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-44706-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 229
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
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