It is commonly assumed that the issue of religion declines in
political significance as societies modernise. However, the
upheaval associated with the shift from authoritarian to more open
regimes can be accompanied by a revitalisation of religion.
Individuals within these societies are struggling to find meaning
in the seeming chaos of political change; religious elites are
seeking to define their own role within the new order; and
political elites are looking for new ways of ensuring legitimacy
and building national unity. In this book John Anderson constructs
a theoretical framework where he compares and contrasts the
politics of religious liberty in two Southern European countries,
two Central-Eastern European countries and the evolution of the
former USSR, particularly Russia. Exploring these issues of
religious 'recognition' and religious diversity, Anderson attempts
to expose the wider problem of creating a democratic mentality in
such transitional societies, through extensive original research
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