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Legitimacy Gap: Secularism, Religion, and Culture in Comparative Constitutional Law

Oxford Constitutions of the World is proud to present Legitimacy Gap: Secularism, Religion, and Culture in Comparative Constitutional Law by Vincent Depaigne. This book provides an account and explanation of a fundamental dilemma facing secular states: the ‘legitimacy gap’ left by the withdrawal of religion as a source of legitimacy.
Legitimacy represents a particular problem for the secular state. The ‘secular’ in all its manifestations is very much linked to the historical rise of the modern state. It should not be seen as a category that separates culture and religion from politics, but rather as one that links these different dimensions.

Click here to read the introductory chapter describing the legitimacy gap and the secular state.

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