Explaining Chief Executive Empowerment: EU Summitry and Domestic Institutional Change
2010 (English)In: West European Politics, ISSN 0140-2382, E-ISSN 1743-9655, Vol. 33, no 2, 208-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article questions the claim that the way German governments have responded to Muslim demands for accommodating Islam fits a German national model. The empirical focus is on Islamic religious instruction in five German Lander. The evidence presented shows that there is not one but several German models. Lander with Christian Democratic dominance were more supportive of confessional religious instruction than Lander where the left was stronger. At the same time Christian Democrats initially were more reluctant to extend the privilege of religious instruction to Muslim groups. In Lander where Article 7 III of the German constitution applied, corporatist hurdles were an obstacle for Muslim groups, but this was less the case in Berlin. Religion-state institutions are important for understanding how European countries have dealt with the growing presence of Islam, but it is equally important to understand the politically contested nature of these institutions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 33, no 2, 208-236 p.
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49276DOI: 10.1080/01402380903538799ISI: 000274906300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-49276DiVA: diva2:379409
authorCount :22010-12-172010-12-132010-12-17Bibliographically approved