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State-religion Relations in Southern and Southeastern Europe

Moderate Secularism with Majoritarian Undertones


In this study, CSD co-authored a comparative analysis of state-religion relations in three countries in Southern Europe (Greece, Italy and Spain) and three countries in Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria). The analysis looks at the historical legacies of communism and their impacts on present-day state-religion relations while simultaneously focusing on recent challenges such as populism, nationalism, financial crises and other types of political crises. The study also categorizes these countries within a typology of state-religion relations.

This research is part of a special issue of Religion, State & Society on the governance of religious diversity from a global comparative perspective. The special issue proposes a framework of concepts to understand the governance of religious diversity and also presents several studies on state-religion governance in a number of religions and countries from around the world. The special issue also makes empirical and normative suggestions for effective approaches to the governance of religious diversity.

The full text of this study and the special issue can be found on the website of Religion, State & Society

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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