Faith-Based Organizations and Social Welfare

Associational Life and Religion in Contemporary Western Europe

  • Paul Christopher Manuel
  • Miguel Glatzer

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Countries with a Dominant Religious Society

  3. Countries with Competing Religious Societies and with a Formerly Dominant Church

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 229-232

About this book


This volume examines the role and function of religious-based organizations in strengthening associational life in a representative sample of West European countries: newly democratized and long-established democracies, societies with and without a dominant religious tradition, and welfare states with different levels and types of state-provided social services. It asks how faith-based organizations, in a time of economic crisis, and with declining numbers of adherents, might contribute to the deepening of democracy. Throughout, the volume invites social scientists to consider the on-going role of faith-based organizations in Western European civil society, and investigates whether the concept of muted vibrancy aids our theoretical understanding.


welfare secularization religious societies muted vibrancy social capital interest associations poor marginalized inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Christopher Manuel
    • 1
  • Miguel Glatzer
    • 2
  1. 1.GovernmentAmerican UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.Political ScienceLa Salle UniversityPhiladelphia, DCUSA

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