Romanian Journal of Political Science

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 2, Winter

A Christian or a Laic Europe? Moving beyond a False Dichotomy
Abstract: In order to assess the debate concerning the constitutional recognition of Christianity in Europe, we need to pose the more general question of the role (if any) of the symbolic function of the modern democratic constitution in relation...
Brusselian as Newspeak. the EU's Public Discourse on Enlargement and the Constitutional Treaty *
Abstract: Problems of European integration and governance are increasingly analysed from a discursive perspective. This article seeks to examine the reasons behind the increasing distance between Europe/European Union and its citizens by taking...
Byzantine Ecclesiology in a New Member State of the European Union: The Romanian Case
Among the few volumes with collected studies on the broad and vague topic of Church, Society and State in Romania that have been edited during the last years none would call for a critical review. Taken together, they express the need for a thorough...
Charity or Tolerance? Debating Moralities in the Educational System of Contemporary Serbia
Abstract: After regime change in 2000, the Serbian Ministry of Education introduced two new subjects in the schools: civic education and religious education. Representatives of local civil society associated the establishment of religious education...
Church-State Relations in Post-Communist Romania. Real Deprivatization or the Way Back to Byzantine Symphonia?
Abstract This paper starts from the belief that the realities of post-communist world, including the relations between Church and State, should benefit from an appropriate theoretical delineation, which is currently missing. This is more relevant...
Religion and Politics
The last years have seen an impressive rise of the role of religion in many countries. Free elections seem increasingly to be used by religious political groups to advance their political agenda, which seems a rule opposed to the separation of State...
Secularism in Republic of Moldova-Politics of Religion or Religious Politics: Where Do We Draw the Boundaries?
Abstract This paper focuses on the relationship between church and state in the Republic of Moldova, and particularly on the increasingly-blurred boundaries between the two. Given the fact that the ruling party is Communist, it seems even more inconceivable...
Some Reflections on Religion and Multiculturalism in Romania: Towards a Reappraisal of the Grammar of Traditions
Abstract: This paper discusses the potential of the Christian tradition in Romania to offer a constructive answer to the contemporary dilemmas of multiculturalism. However, for this to happen there is a significant need for a fresh re-reading of...
The Chance for Civil Society in Central Asia or the Role of Islamic Movements in Shaping Political Modernity
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyze the theoretical and practical underpinnings for a potentially beneficial role that religion can play in strengthening counter-authoritarian groups and civil society in Central Asian states. Both fundamentalist...
The Consent of State and the Blessing of Church: A Case Study on the New Bulgarian Denominations Act (1)
Abstract: This paper is an attempt to reveal how the law-making process confronts new problems that arise in the search for pragmatic solutions to state-church relations. The specific case study used is the Denominations Act, adopted by the Bulgarian...