Evolving regulatory structure of European church-state relationships

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Political Science
Creator Francis, John G.
Title Evolving regulatory structure of European church-state relationships
Date 1992
Description In Western Europe, many contemporary churches have achieved remarkable levels of administrative autonomy and tangible resource support. Yet paradoxically, public participation in the traditional churches appears marginal. In Eastern Europe under Communism, churches experienced varying levels of hostility and bare toleration. Yet also paradoxically, some Eastern European churches nevertheless sustained membership growth. Since the fall of the Soviet communist regimes, moreover, a number of churches have re-emerged as vibrant forces in their respective nations. Is the inference to be drawn that state hostility produces strength while state support produces neglect? Of course, an impressive number of factors other than the state help shape the organizational presence of a church. The concern of this essay, however, is the state regulation of churches and the consequences of the regulatory environment, often unintended, for both state and church.
Type Text
Publisher J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies
Volume 34
Issue 4
First Page 775
Last Page 804
Subject Regimes; Environment; Regulation
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Francis, J. G. (1992). Evolving regulatory structure of European church-state relationships. Journal of Church and State, 34 (4), 775-804.
Rights Management (c) J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies
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Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6765zsj
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