Afterword: On the Study of Religion in Public Institutions

Wendy Cadge*, Mar Griera, Kristen Lucken, Ines Michalowski

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Each of the essays presented enters the conversation about religion in public institutions through a different analytic doorway. The essays presented here enlarge and challenge various aspects of our initial analytic framework and enable us to see our blind spots and propose next steps. Reflecting on the contributions, we outline three additional issues to consider: the centrality of religion to the organizational identity or to organizational goal achievement, the effect of a specific aspect of the institution's organizational structure on religion, and the relevance of larger cross-national differences for explaining differences in the same institution across national borders. Finally, we call for additional cross-national case studies that will enable continued development of the comparative framework we propose.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • comparative
  • cross-national
  • public institutions
  • religion
  • spirituality


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