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Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy

Expanding Public Employee Religious Accommodation and Its Threat to Administrative Legitimacy

Authors: Szymalak, James

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  • Broadens the current post-Obergefell discussion of employee religious accommodation to consider the third-party impacts on public administration
  • Illuminates the myriad legal and supervisory challenges of implementing expanded religion accommodation obligations for public employees
  • Serves as a warning to legislators and policy advocates seeking to enlarge religious accommodation rights
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In the wake of same-sex marriage legalization, most religious conservatives realize that they now share a minority viewpoint on many social issues. Such change has forced those formerly trying to forestall social evolution to instead seek legal recusal from engaging in matters that conflict with their religious beliefs. Not surprisingly, these recent legislative attempts to “affirm” religious free expression all focus upon the rights of the religious adherent, while mostly failing to consider the potential harm to third parties. In the provision of government services, this omission can do significant, lasting damage to public perceptions of administrative legitimacy—often already perilously maligned. Should government officials be legally obligated to grant their employees religious accommodations that they know will result in negative public perceptions, or worse, inflict dignitary harm among citizens seeking its services? This book draws attention to the threat to effective government that proposed expansions to religious accommodation laws can create. From damaging public opinion, to the myriad implementation concerns such as what even constitutes a religious belief to be accommodated, these challenges should serve as a warning to legislators and religious accommodation advocates to reconsider application of these enhanced obligations to the civil service.

About the authors

James N. Szymalak is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA. Prior to this, he served as a senior personnel policy legal advisor to the Headquarters, US Department of the Army.

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“In the aftermath of Obergefell v. Hodges many states and localities have passed broad and sweeping laws to allow religious conservatives to refuse service to LGBT customers.  This excellent study invites us to consider the harm that these statutes inflict. Highly recommended.” (Clyde Wilcox, Professor of Government, Georgetown University, USA)

“In this carefully crafted and thoroughly researched book, Szymalak analyzes the relationship between religious freedom and public policy [and] makes an important contribution to our understanding of the appropriate balance.” (James P. Pfiffner, University Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA)

 

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-97831-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $74.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97830-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Expanding Public Employee Religious Accommodation and Its Threat to Administrative Legitimacy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97831-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97831-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97830-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 193
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