Catholicism and democracy: a reconsideration

dc.contributor.authorBell, Edwarden_US
dc.contributor.editorSimkins, Ronald A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-26T18:10:31Z
dc.date.available2014-11-26T18:10:31Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.description.abstractAn established approach to the emergence and consolidation of secular democracy maintains that democracy requires a supportive culture, and that certain national and religious cultures are better suited to democracy than others. Catholicism (especially pre-Vatican II Catholicism) is typically portrayed by scholars in this school as being inimical to democracy. The rational choice perspective, by contrast, posits that interests, resources, and strategic power relationships drive the democratization process, and that culture is largely irrelevant. This paper examines the historical relationship between the Catholic Church and secular democratic institutions and concludes that the rational choice model offers more insight into that relationship than the cultural model. Specifically, the notion that Catholicism was an impediment to democratization is shown to be problematic.en_US
dc.description.volume10en_US
dc.identifier.citationBell, Edward. (2008), Catholicism and democracy: a reconsideration. Journal of Religion & Society, 10.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1522-5658en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/64352
dc.publisherRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.rightsThe journal is open-access and freely allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all published material for personal or academic purposes.en_US
dc.rights.holderRabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton Universityen_US
dc.subject.otherDemocracy and Christianityen_US
dc.subject.otherPolitics and Christianity--Catholic Churchen_US
dc.subject.otherRational choice theoryen_US
dc.subject.otherAnticlericalismen_US
dc.subject.otherChurch and state--Catholic Churchen_US
dc.subject.otherNational socialism--Germanyen_US
dc.titleCatholicism and democracy: a reconsiderationen_US
dc.title.workJournal of Religion & Societyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
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