Religion, politics and law in the European Union: an introduction

Lucian Leustean, John T.S. Madeley

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EU enlargement - to countries in Central and Eastern Europe in 2004, the inclusion of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, and increasing debates on Turkey’s membership - has dramatically transformed the European Union into a multi-religious space. Religious communities are not only shaping identities but are also influential factors in political discourse. This edited volume examines the activities of religious actors in the context of supranational European institutions and the ways in which they have responded to the idea of Europe at local and international levels. By bringing together scholars working in political science, history, law and sociology, this volume analyses key religious factors in contemporary EU architecture, such as the transformation of religious identities, the role of political and religious leaders, EU legislation on religion, and, the activities of religious lobbies. This book was published as a special issue of Religion, State and Society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion, Politic European s and Law in the Union
EditorsLucian Leustean, John T.S. Madeley
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages224
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2009


  • EU enlargement
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Turkey
  • European Union
  • religious communities
  • political discourse


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