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Religion, Politics and Law in the European Union

Lucian Leustean and John Madeley| (eds)
Routledge (11 August 2009)

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.

  • Lucian Leustean is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham

  • John Madeley is Senior Lecturer in Government in the Department of Government, LSE

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