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Political science, religion and development: a literature review

Singh, Gurharpal and Marquette, Heather and Alhassan Alolo, Namawu (2007) Political science, religion and development: a literature review. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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Identification Number/DOI: ISBN: 0704425521/ 9780704425521


This review provides an overview of important literature on the relationship between religion, politics and development, from the point of view of the political science academic literature. There has, in recent years, been a vigorous interest in political science in examining the relationship between politics and religion. Surprisingly, perhaps, very little of the current output is focused on developing countries, with attention instead being concentrated on religion and politics in more strategically salient regions - such as the Middle East. This review, however, reflects a more recent trend within development studies to redress this gap. Because the explicitly relevant literature in political science is so scant, we have chosen to pull out threads from within other areas in the discipline. For this purpose, we have provided an overview of literature on democratisation, good governance, human rights, social capital, conflict and drivers of change.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Public Policy
Number of Pages:53
Department:International Development Department
Projects:Religions and Development Research Programme
Series/Collection Name:RaD Working Papers Series
Keywords:Political Science, Religion, Development
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
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Copyright Status:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1534

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