Mapping the relationship between religion and social policy

Emmanuele Pavolini, Daniel Béland, Rana Jawad

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Religion is a major aspect of human life that directly intersects with a number of social policy issues. Although much has been written about the religion-social policy nexus, the literature remains overly fragmented. Focusing primarily on Western Europe and North America, this review essay seeks to create a fruitful dialogue among the three main streams of research in the area, which respectively that focus on political parties, faith-based organisations, and individual behaviour. This essay has the goal of formulating a new, integrated agenda for future research on the religion and social policy nexus that also extends beyond Western societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-260
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Issue number3
Early online date10 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • faith-based-organizations
  • individual behaviour
  • political parties
  • Religion
  • social policy
  • welfare state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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