A model of state secularism

Kumar, Vikas (2013) A model of state secularism. Quality & Quantity, 48 (4). pp. 2313-2327.

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Abstract

This paper posits a minimalist state interested in taxation and religion and explores the conditions conducive to the separation of state and religion. It shows that a ruler is secular and does not favour his religion as the state religion if he is absolutely tolerant, he faces a homogeneous, co-religionist society, and/or punishing violations of the state’s religious policy is prohibitively costly. Secular rulers are accordingly classified into three types: innately, coincidentally, and instrumentally secular. In the short run, individuals are equally well-off under different secular regimes. But among rulers, instrumentally secular rulers are relatively worse-off.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economics of Religion, Secularism, Tolerance.
Subjects: Religion
Social sciences > Economics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Liberal Studies
Depositing User: Mr. Krishnamoorti Chavan
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 07:05
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 14:51
Related URLs:
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/343
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11135-013-9893-6

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