Politics and religions

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The course examines the political dimensions of the religious phenomenon in Greece and the EU, critically studying the hegemonic role of religion in the shaping of political culture and electoral behavior. To this end, it focuses on the secularization process, as well as on Church-State relations. Within this framework, it puts emphasis on the interaction between religion and nationalism; elaborates on religious fundamentalism; analyses the impact of the religious cleavage; and clarifies the importance of the religious factor in public policy-making. Finally, it examines the policy of the Churches as regards the financial and refugee crisis, as well as their strategy vis-à-vis the rise of the Radical Right


Grace Davie, Κοινωνιολογία της θρησκείας (Αθήνα: Κριτική, 2010).

Daniele Hervieu - Leger, Jean - Paul Willaime, Κοινωνικές θεωρίες και θρησκεία (Αθήνα: Κριτική, 2005).



Kai Arzheimer and Elisabeth Carter, ‘Christian Religiosity and Voting for West European Radical Right Parties,’ West European Politics 32/5 (2009): 985-1011.

David Broughton and Hans-Martien ten Napel (eds.), Religion and Mass Electoral Behaviour in Europe (London: Routledge, 2000).

Wouter van Der Brug, Sara B. Hobolt, and Claes H. De Vreese, ‘Religion and Party Choice in Europe,’ West European Politics 32/6 (2009): 1266-1283.

Yilmaz Esmer and Thorleif Pettersson, ‘The Effects of Religion and Religiosity on Voting Behavior,’ in Russel Dalton and Hans- Dieter Klingemann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Political Behaviour (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007): 481-503.

Θάνος Λίποβατς, Νίκος Δεμερτζής και Βασιλική Γεωργιάδου (επιμ.), Θρησκείες και Πολιτική στη Νεωτερικότητα (Αθήνα: Κριτική, 2002).

Nadia Marzouki, Duncan McDonnell, and Olivier Roy (eds), Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion (London: Hurst, 2016).

Kathleen A. Montgomery and Ryan Winter, ‘Explaining the Religion Gap in Support for Radical Right Parties in Europe,’ Politics and Religion 8 (2015): 379-403.

Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart, Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Konstantinos Papastathis, ‘Religious Discourse and Radical Right Politics in Contemporary Greece, 2010–2014,’ Politics Religion and Ideology 16/2–3 (2015): 218–247.

Victor Roudometof and Vasilis Makrides (eds.), Orthodox Christianity in 21st Century Greece: Tthe Role of Religion in Politics, Ethnicity and Culture (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010).

Trine Stauning Willert and Lina Molokotos-Liederman (eds), Innovation in the Orthodox Christian Tradition?: The Question of Change in Greek Orthodox Thought and Practice (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012).

Σταύρος Ζουμπουλάκης, Χρυσή Αυγή και Εκκλησία (Αθήνα: Πόλις, 2013).