Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

From 2014 to 2016, the Religious Freedom Project's Political Working Group focused on the impact of religious freedom on political freedom and democracy. Participating scholars were experts in areas of political science, sociology, law, diplomacy, and philosophy. Their analysis was both qualitative and quantitative, and covered political developments around the globe. The group examined the importance of religious freedom for reforming semi-authoritarian regimes; the relationship between the freedom to proselytize and democratization; religious freedom in the politics of Muslim-majority countries; and the role of religious freedom in geopolitical competitiveness. This project expanded on work conducted by RFP scholars from 2011 to 2014.

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