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Religion as a Means to Societal Cohesion in Nordic Politics 1988-2010
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, The Centre for the Study of Religion and Society. (Impact of Religion)
2015 (English)In: Politics and Religion Journal, ISSN 1820-6581, E-ISSN 1820-659X, Vol. 9, no 2, 147-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While the Nordic countries have a history of many similarities in core values and institutional arrangements, a number of differences have developed in recent years in relation to religion, due to political reasons. In this article, findings from four empirical studies on religion in Nordic parliamentary politics are analysed in terms of weak or strong politicisation for the purpose of homogeneity or in diversity. From an analytical model, different patterns of the use of religion in politics in the ve countries are identified, due to the relationships between church and state, the level of religious diversity and the presence of right-wing populist parties. The conclusion is that religion once again has become a means to societal cohesion in Denmark, but also to some degree in Norway and Sweden in a search for a core authority in society. The main reason behind this change is the impact of globalisation. 

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2015. Vol. 9, no 2, 147-168 p.
Keyword [en]
Nordic, politics, religion, church, right-wing populist, globalization
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Sociology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270661ISI: 000375403500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-270661DiVA: diva2:890291
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Available from: 2016-01-02 Created: 2016-01-02 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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