Religion and political representation

800px-Gordon_Brown_at_Diwali_in_House_of_CommonsWhat does it mean to speak for a religious tradition or community? Why should a person or organisation want to represent a religious group? Should politicians and policymakers ever engage with the representatives of religious traditions, and if so whom? In August 2013 Public Spirit will host a series of articles examining religion and political representation. Covering a range or perspectives and religious traditions, they will explore the history of religious representation in Britain and the status of different representative bodies. As well as addressing that criticisms commonly made about political representation on the basis of faith, they will ask whether religious representation can make a positive contribution to democratic participation.

This series will include contributions covering the representation of Hindus, Christians, Jews and Muslims in Britain, written by John Zavos (University of Manchester), Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University and Director of the Religion and Society Programme), Keith Kahn-Harris (author of Judaism: All That Matters) and Stephen Jones (University of Bristol).

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