State religion and state repression

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In this chapter I investigate empirically whether governments that support religion are also repressive. This is an interesting, timely, and novel question for several interrelated reasons. First, this study innovates upon previousstudies by expanding the potential influence of state religious exclusivity-whether a state supports one or more religions to the exclusion of others-on the treatment of that state’s population. While, as I discuss in more detail below, previous studies show that state religious exclusivity leads to poor treatment of religious minorities, this study posits that it is also associated with repression of the entire population, including members of the majority religion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781136239328
ISBN (Print)9780415667449
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 selection and editorial material, Chris Seiple, Dennis R. Hoover and Pauletta Otis; individual chapters, the contributors.


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