Representing religion in the European Union: a typology of actors

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For the first time in the history of the acquis communautaire, the Lisbon Treaty institutionalises an ‘open, transparent and regular dialogue’ between European institutions and ‘churches, religions and communities of conviction’. Drawing on a comparative analysis of 120 religious and convictional actors which have been in contact with European institutions from 1957 until today, this article proposes four types of relations between religious/convictional representations and European institutions, namely, private–public, experimental, proactive and institutionalised. It argues that the Lisbon institutionalisation of religious dialogue enhances the public visibility of the European Commission and, most significantly, of the construction of the European political system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-315
Number of pages11
JournalPolitics, Religion and Ideology
Issue number3
Early online date3 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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