That Yale course: Ian Shapiro punctures the hype

Ian Shapiro, Ph.D., Yale University, 1983, J.D., Yale Law School, 1987, is Sterling professor of political science and Henry R. Luce director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, regards both globalisation and the significance of faith and religion in politics as having become mired in hype and hyperbole.

Religion, for example, whether Muslim, Christian or whatever, only becomes “incompatible” with democracy when it is “the only game in town”. The UK, for example, has an established church (unlike the USA or Australia) but this doesn’t matter as it cannot exclude you from participation at any level.

See also The State of Democratic Theory (2003) by Ian Shapiro.