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The Political Theology of European Integration

Comparing the Influence of Religious Histories on European Policies

Authors: Royce, Mark R.

  • Challenges common assumptions about the religious underpinnings of the European Union’s founding
  • Analyzes demographics, law, and history to understand wide divergences in European perspectives towards European integration
  • Examines European case studies of religiously-inspired policies and arrangements governing relationships between church and state
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This book traces the connections between diverging postwar European integration policies and intra-Christian divisions to argue that supranational integration originates from Roman Catholic internationalism, and that resistance to integration, conversely, is based in Protestantism. Royce supports this thesis through a rigorously supported historical narrative, arguing that sixteenth-century theological conflicts generated seventeenth-century constitutional solutions, which ultimately effected the political choices both for and against integration during the twentieth century. Beginning with a survey of all ecclesiastical laws of seventeen West European countries and concluding with a full discussion of the Brexit vote and emerging alternatives to the EU, this examination of the political theology surrounding the European Union will appeal to all scholars of EU politics, modern theology, religious sociology, and contemporary European history.

About the authors

Mark R. Royce is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Virginia Community College, USA, where he teaches international relations courses. His research interests include European integration, the British Constitution, and Christian theology, and he has written for The European LegacyInternational & Comparative Law Quarterly, and Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy.

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“With his thoroughly researched and excellently written book, Royce corrects the political science discourse by explaining how a society’s normative ideas, particularly its theology, can affect international relations, especially in the case of European integration.” (Mark Melton, Providence, December, 2019)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • From Cross to Constitution

    Pages 1-13

    Royce, Mark R.

  • God and Man in Europe

    Pages 15-42

    Royce, Mark R.

  • A Theologico-Political Analysis

    Pages 43-114

    Royce, Mark R.

  • Theology and Integration

    Pages 115-161

    Royce, Mark R.

  • The Christian Confederalism of Switzerland

    Pages 163-186

    Royce, Mark R.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Theology of European Integration
Book Subtitle
Comparing the Influence of Religious Histories on European Policies
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53447-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53447-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53446-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85156-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 310
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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