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Why No Religious Politics? The Secularization of Poor Relief and Primary Education in Denmark and Sweden

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In many European democracies, religion was an important political cleavage throughout the twentieth century. But in Denmark and Sweden, religious differences have not been translated into political competition. Instead, class conflict has dominated. This article attempts to explain why. Our argument is that in the first decades of the twentieth century, the issue that mattered most for the politicization of religion elsewhere in Europe – the role of churches in the provision of poor relief an...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Politics and Int Relations
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Journal:
European Journal of Sociology
Volume:
Vol. 49, 1
Pages:
119-143
Publication date:
2008-09-15
URN:
uuid:27afcbcd-7ba5-4b4f-8d3e-fdd90cf60ba6
Source identifiers:
300
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daisy:300

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