Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare: Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Eastern Europe

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Miguel Glatzer, Paul Christopher Manuel
Springer Nature, 18. avg. 2020 - 239 strani
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This volume seeks to understand the role and function of religious-based organizations in strengthening associational life through the provision of social services, thereby legitimizing a new role for faith in the formerly secular public sphere. Specifically, we explore how a church in a postcommunist setting, during periods of economic growth and recession in the wake of transitions to capitalism, and with varied numbers of adherents, might contribute to welfare services in a new political regime with freedom of religion. Put another way, what new pressures would be placed on the secular welfare state if religious organizations (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, others) simply stopped offering their services? By examining public perceptions of the church, changing dynamics of religiosity, and church-state-civil society relations, the volume places these issues in context.


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An Introduction to the Volume
Dynamics in Eastern Europe
Part I Majority Orthodox Countries
3 FaithBased Welfare Provision in Russia
From Charitable Entrepreneur to Political Agent
FaithBased Social Engagement and Religious Contestations in Ukraine Since Maidan 20132014
Part II Majority Roman Catholic Countries
Politics and the Catholic Church in Poland
7 Church and Welfare State in Croatia
8 Religion Civil Society and Charitable Activity in Slovenia
9 Faith Based Organizations in Hungary
Part III Countries with Large Numbers of Religiously Unaffiliated
The Case of Estonia
The Case of the Czech Republic
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Miguel Glatzer is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Leadership and Global Understanding Program at La Salle University, USA. His current research focuses on social policy, labor market policy, the European sovereign debt crisis, financial literacy, and immigration.

Paul Christopher Manuel is the Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University, USA. His research interests address comparative democratization, comparative public policy, and the relationship between religion and politics.

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