- Religious governance in the Netherlands: associative freedoms and non-discrimination after 'Pillarization': the example of faith-based schools
- RECODE: The Public Management of Religion: From State Building to New Forms of Minorities’ Mobilization
- Book/source title
- Workshop 2, October 2011: The Public Management of Religion: From State Building to New Forms of Minorities’ Mobilization
- Helsinki: RECODE
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This paper conceptualizes Dutch traditions of religious governance in terms of a model of "principled pluralism" (Monsma and Soper 2009). It approaches church-state traditions in a disaggregate way, meaning it is sensitive to domain specificities and takes notice of the actual constitutional and legal arrangements, (changes in) public policies, and varieties in application of laws and policies. It
explores to what extent the legacy of "pillarization" and the relatively strong emphasis on collective freedoms of religious communities may lead to tensions with other liberal values (notably non-discrimination and equality) in contemporary Dutch society. In this part the focus is on the domain of education, in particular contestation around Orthodox religious schools. The paper concludes by arguing that the Dutch regime is undergoing a shift in the conceptualization of religious freedom in relation to liberal equality, which in the longer run may destabilize a tradition of toleration and substantial collective freedoms for orthodox religious groups.
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