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Religious Co-option in Autocracy: A Theory Inspired by History




Speaker: Professor Emmanuelle Auriol (Toulouse School of Economics)

Series: Department of Economics Seminar Series 2016-17: Spring Term


The relationship between religion and politics is explored from a theoretical standpoint, assuming that religious clerics can be co-opted by the ruler acting as an autocrat. The comparative effects of decentralised versus centralised religions on the optimal level of cooperation between the autocrat and the religious clerics, which itself impinges upon political stability, is analysed.

The paper shows that the presence of a decentralised body of clerics makes autocratic regimes more unstable. It also shows that in time of stability, the level of reforms is larger with a centralised religion than with a decentralised one. When the autocrat in the decentralised case pushes more reforms than in the centralised one, he always does so at the cost of stability. Historical case studies are presented that serve to illustrate the main results.

This seminar is part of the Department of Economics Seminar Series 2016-17. The seminars are open to all - no registration necessary.

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3.00pm - 4.30pmWednesday 22nd March 2017

D221 Rhind Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1R 0JD United Kingdom

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