By Paul J. Weithman

ISBN-10: 0511041977

ISBN-13: 9780511041976

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This publication takes factor with those that may search to put regulations at the participation of non secular enterprises in politics, arguing that their place underestimates the advantages, and overestimates the prices, of getting religiously prompted electorate perform this fashion. it's going to entice readers in philosophy and politics.

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Participation, full participation and realized citizenship  Another was that achieving these goals secured something of great instrumental value. In the case of suffrage movements for African-Americans and women, success meant obtaining the means for protecting and securing other goods through adequate political representation. But it is also plausible that those who joined in movement politics sought the goals they did because they believed that decent working conditions, freedom and the vote were things that befitted their dignity as individuals and as citizens.

While I shall mention a number of contributions, there are two sorts I shall highlight. One is the contribution religion and religious institutions make to the realization of citizenship, especially by the poor and minorities. The other is the contribution they make to discussions and debates about participation, full participation, what they should confer and what the state should guarantee. I can be more precise about the empirical and philosophical claims for which I am arguing in this chapter, and their implications for the questions about  Religion’s role in promoting democracy  religion and political decision-making, if I comment briefly on my use of empirical data and upon the conception of religion on which those data depend.

How are large numbers of people brought effectively to identify with their citizenship? I suggested earlier that a sense of full participation is an important component of subjective well-being. Liberal democratic government, I am supposing, has interests in providing some of the conditions of full participation and in insuring that social conditions are in place for knowing that those conditions are satisfied. Government certainly has interests in treating those who enjoy the legal status of citizenship as voters and constituents, in guaranteeing that their rights to vote are not infringed upon, that their votes are not unjustly diluted, and that they can petition officials with their grievances.

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