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Political instability and the persistence of religion in Greece: the policy implications of the cultural defence paradigm

Halikiopoulou, D. and Vasilopoulou, S. (2013) Political instability and the persistence of religion in Greece: the policy implications of the cultural defence paradigm. RECODE working paper series (18). ISSN 2242-3559

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Abstract/Summary

This paper examines the implications of ‘cultural defence’ in the nature of democracy and the stability of the political system in Greece. It focuses on the Greek Orthodox Church’s maintenance of power and political relevance by virtue of its strong link to national identity. We argue that the inhibition of secularization in Greece as a result of cultural defence has significant policy implications, especially in times of crises, when the role of nationalism as a cohesive factor against perceived threats is intensified. The paper further explores three policy/politics areas: (1) political orientation; (2) religious pluralism; and (3) education.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:35566
Publisher:European Science Foundation

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