Funding Virtue? Rethinking Religion, Civil Society, and Democracy

  • Scott M. Thomas
Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)


The concepts of civil society and social capital generated a cornucopia of expectations for social change, democracy, and economic development among foreign aid agencies and Western governments in the aftermath of the Cold War. These concepts were used to explain a wide variety of social and political changes, including the fraying of the social fabric in the United States and in other mature democracies, the rise of “pro-democracy” demonstrations in China, the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe, and the relative wealth of northern Italy compared to the rest of the country.


Social Capital Civil Society Foreign Policy Religious Tradition Social Space 
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