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Religious Peace Activism - The Rational Element of Religious Elites' Decision-Making Processes


Alexander De Juan


University of Tuebingen

Johannes Vüllers


German Overseas Institute (DUI) - German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

April 26, 2010

GIGA Working Paper No. 130

Abstract:     
Religious elites are active for peace in many violent conflicts. Normative explanations often do not suffice to explain their engagement. In this paper we draw on the findings of social‐movement research to identify the factors that induce rationally acting religious elites to be active for peace. It is their relationships to the government, other religious elites, and believers that can motivate them to call for peace. However, they will do so only if they anticipate - based on the overall influence of other religious peace (co‐)activists, the structure of the religious community, and the frame environment - that they will not be penalized for their engagement. Religious norms are an important motivation behind religious peace activism, but rational decision‐making also has to be taken into account if religious engagement for peace is to be explained fully.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Religion, conflict, peace, elites, rational choice, framing

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Date posted: April 28, 2010 ; Last revised: August 17, 2012

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De Juan, Alexander and Vüllers, Johannes, Religious Peace Activism - The Rational Element of Religious Elites' Decision-Making Processes (April 26, 2010). GIGA Working Paper No. 130. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1596025 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1596025

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Alexander De Juan (Contact Author)
University of Tuebingen ( email )
Wilhelmstr. 19
72074 Tuebingen, Baden Wuerttemberg 72074
Germany
Johannes Vüllers
German Overseas Institute (DUI) - German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) ( email )
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
Hamburg, D-20354
Germany
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