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What is Christian Democracy?
Politics, Religion and Ideology

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  • Date Published: October 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421669

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  • Christian Democratic actors and thinkers have been at the forefront of many of the twentieth century's key political battles - from the construction of the international human rights regime, through the process of European integration and the creation of postwar welfare regimes, to Latin American development policies during the Cold War. Yet their core ideas remain largely unknown, especially in the English-speaking world. Combining conceptual and historical approaches, Carlo Invernizzi Accetti traces the development of this ideology in the thought and writings of some of its key intellectual and political exponents, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. In so doing he sheds light on a number of important contemporary issues, from the question of the appropriate place of religion in presumptively 'secular' liberal-democratic regimes, to the normative resources available for building a political response to the recent rise of far-right populism.

    • Presents the first full-length study of this topic
    • Draws on a broad range of global case studies, from continental Europe to Latin America
    • Will be of interest to political theorists, historians, adherents and opponents of Christian Democracy
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    • Honorable Mention from the 2020 Hubert Morken Best Book Award of the Politics and Religion section of American Political Science Association.

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    • Date Published: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421669
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Conceptual Building Blocks of the Christian Democratic Ideology:
    1. Anti-materialism: Christian Democracy's philosophy of history
    2. Personalism: neo-thomist metaphysics and human rights
    3. Popularism: consociational democracy and constitutionalism
    4. Subsidiarity: a theory of the state and internationalism
    5. Social capitalism: principles of Christian Democratic political economy
    6. Christian inspiration: the role of religion in politics
    Part II. History and Future Prospects of Christian Democracy as a Political Phenomenon:
    7. Christian Democracy in Continental Europe: from dominance to doom?
    8. The European Union as a Christian Democracy: a heuristic approach
    9. Christian Democracy in the Americas: periphery or vanguard?
    10. Persistent normative potential of Christian Democracy: between Muslim Democracy and far-right populism

  • Author

    Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, City College, City University of New York
    Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the City College, City University of New York and Associate Researcher at the Center for European Studies of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is the author of Relativism and Religion: Why Democratic Societies Do Not Need Moral Absolutes (2015) and Techno-populism: The New Logic of Democratic Politics (co-authored with Christopher Bickerton, forthcoming).


    • Honorable Mention from the 2020 Hubert Morken Best Book Award of the Politics and Religion section of American Political Science Association.

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