Religion at the European Parliament

Religion at the European Parliament

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The interactions between religion and politics in the European integration process are the focus of increasing attention in political and academic debates. However the body of research that has been developing for several years relates mainly to the representation of religious interests at the European Commission. The influence of religious actors and networks within the European Parliament give rise to many suppositions, ambitions or fears, but there is nothing tangible with which to evaluate them. Studying the preferences of European legislators reveals the conditions in which religion exerts an influence. This analysis also aims to provide useful information on the socialisation capacities of the European Parliament vis-a-vis its members by focusing on an aspect of the normative orientations of MEPs that has been the subject of very little study to date. Furthermore, the denominational dimension is a particularly key factor in understanding partisan formations in the European Parliament and possible divisions between old and new Member States. Finally, the religious variable provides an opportunity to investigate the way in coalitions are formed, particularly in relation to those matters that continue to move higher up the EU agenda (the fight against discrimination; ethical issues; geopolitical stakes; the accession of Turkey, etc.).show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 2,721.54g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138841900
  • 9781138841901

About Francois Foret

Francois Foret is full professor of political science at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles-ULB and holds a Jean Monnet more

Table of contents

- 1. Francois Foret, "Introduction. Religion at the European Parliament': Purposes, scope and limits of a survey on the religious beliefs of MEPs", - 2. Francois Foret, "Religion at the European Parliament: an overview". SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM NATIONAL CONCILIATION TO EUROPEAN BARGAIN? - 3. Anne Jenichen, Henrike Muller, "Between social justice and cultural demarcation: Religion, in German parliamentary politics at the national and the European level" 4. PieterJan De Vlieger, Didier Caluwaerts and Silvia Erzeel, "A nation of vicars and merchants: religiosity and Dutch MEPs" - 5. Martin Steven, "Consulting and compromising: the (non) religious policy preferences of British Members of the European Parliament " MASTER AT HOME, EMBATTLED IN BRUSSELS? - 6. Francois Foret, "French MEPs and religion: Europeanizing 'laicite'?" - 7. Magdalena Gora and Katarzyna Zielinska, "Defenders of Faith? Victims of Secularisation? - Polish Politicians and Religion in the European Parliament" - 8. Stefano Braghiroli and Giulia Sandri, "Religion at the European Parliament: the Italian case" IN TRANSIT: FROM RELIGIOUS STRONGHOLD TO LIBERAL LABORATORY ? - 9. Julia Permoser, "Austrian MEPs: Between Privatization and Politicization of Religion" - 10. Gloria Garcia-Romeral, Mar Griera,"Politics and religion beyond national borders: Spanish MEPs' activity on religious affairs" SO FAR, NOT SO DISSIMILAR. EUROPEAN 'EXCEPTIONALISM' CHALLENGED BY OTHER WESTERN CASES - 11. Sharon Weinblum, "Religion in the Israeli parliament: a typology" - 12. James Guth, "Religion in the American Congress: The Case of the U.S. House of Representatives" - 13. Francois Foret, "Conclusion"show more