Friday, November 19, 2010

On the Politics of Religious Parties

A researcher claims, with regards religious parties, that few studies develop general explanations based on systematic and detailed comparative analysis.

He has published an article seeking to explain when and how successful religious parties rise. He also promotes a "theory of revival-reaction-politicization" and suggests that religious parties rise successfully when major religious revivals confront social counter-mobilization and state repression, provided that existing political parties do not effectively represent religious defense. Commensurently, his findings challenge the pervasive tendency to treat Christian and Islamic politics as incommensurable.

As he only deals with Christian and Islamic parties, and I do not have the full text, it would be presumptuous to reflect on the ramifications on Israel's religious parties.

Too bad.


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