Edited by Thomas Kselman and Joseph A. Buttigieg
European Christian Democracy presents a series of essays by leading experts that analyze the importance of Christian Democracy in European politics. This interdisciplinary volume features contributions from American and European historians and political scientists. In this book, scholars explore the historical roots of the European Christian Democratic movement in Catholic social doctrine and political practice, and use Christian Democracy as a means to analyze the relationship between religion and politics, church and state.
Essays in this important collection include both case studies and comparative analyses. They offer a comprehensive assessment of Christian Democracy and the key role it played in establishing constitutional government and social policy in western Europe.
Contributors: Winfried Becker, Martin Conway, Michael Gehler, Raymond Grew, Wolfram Kaiser, Stathis Kalyvas, Emiel Lamberts, Paul Misner, Maria Mitchell, Antonio Santucci, Carl Strikwerda, Carolyn Warner, and Steven White.
“. . . rewarding and interesting.” — European History Quarterly
“Thomas Kselman and Joseph Buttigieg’s impressive and provocative collection of essays, European Christian Democracy, reminds the reader of the significance and complexity of religious politics and, as an examination of that phenomenon, challenges the notion ‘that secularization is an ineluctable proves.’ ” — Catholic Historical Review
“This set of well-written, detailed essays is useful for specialists in European politics. Recommended.” — Choice
“. . . carefully researched and well-written essays. . . .” — Political Studies Review
“For those students of European Christian Democracy waiting patiently for this century’s successor to Michael Fogarty’s classic on the subject, Christian Democracy in Western Europe, 1820-1953, this present volume will sustain life in the interim.” — Journal of Church and State