Auriol, Emmanuelle and Platteau, Jean-Philippe (2017) The Explosive Combination of Religious Decentralisation and Autocracy: the Case of Islam. The Economics Of Transition, vol. 25 (n° 2). pp. 313-350.

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The relationship between religion and politics is explored from a theoretical standpoint. Religious clerics can be seduced by an autocrat and political stability is at stake. The autocrat's decisions consist of two measures susceptible of antagonising religious clerics: adopting secular reforms and unduly appropriating part of national wealth, which generally are complement. Compared to centralized religions, decentralized religions, such as Islam, tend to discourage secular reforms and corruption but those effects are not guaranteed if the autocrat accepts political instability. The main hypotheses and the central results of the theory are illustrated with regime case studies that refer to contemporary times.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: April 2017
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autocracy, instrumentalization of religion, centralized and decentralized religion, Islam, economic development, reforms, corruption
JEL Classification: D02 - Institutions - Design, Formation, and Operations
D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes - Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
N40 - General, International, or Comparative
O57 - Comparative Studies of Countries
P48 - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights
Z12 - Religion
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 08:45
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:54
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