Journal of Church & State – call for papers

Posted by Matt Scherer, Section Chair, on APSA Connect:

Journal of Church and State is pleased to announce a call for papers on the following topic:

“Catholic Clerical Sexual Abuse”

The continuing Catholic sexual abuse tragedy has escalated from an acute religious crisis to a chronic, global, political one. It continues to be fueled by increasing national, civil investigations; the lack of credible Vatican responses to protect children, and the need to provide justice for the victims. The balance of power between the Catholic Church and many national states has changed significantly due to the increasing revelations of clerical sexual abuse. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration for a special issue of Journal of Church and State.

Papers are invited from scholars to articulate, examine and analyze the new relationships as well as the negative or positive consequences for both the Catholic Church and civil states. Papers will be expected to use government and church documents to support arguments. These arguments include, but are not limited to:

  • The growth of the scope and nature of civil/criminal investigations into Catholic clerical sexual abuse
  • The right or overreach of the State to examine clerical personnel records
  • State monitoring of the management of clergy
  • The compelling state interest to protect children
  • New interpretations of notions of “separation of Church and State” and constitutional protections of religious freedom
  • State attempts to eradicate religious exemptions and privileges
  • Challenges to the financial position and disposition of Church funds in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Changes in Church supported educational, health, and social policies

The special issue will be edited by Dr Jo Renne Formicola (Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Seton Hall University – profile page).

Proposals should be emailed to by February 1, 2019.

Submissions should adhere to the journal’s Author Instructions for original research articles. Please indicate in a cover letter that the submission is in response to the Call for Papers and reference the title of the call. All manuscripts submitted in response to the call will undergo expedited, full peer review.

The final deadline for papers will be June 1, 2019.

PandR Journal – Is Islam Compatible with Free-Market Capitalism? An Empirical Analysis, 1970–2010

Indra de Soysa
Published online: 19 December 2018


Are majority-Muslim countries laggards when it comes to developing liberal economic institutions? Using an Index of Economic Freedom and its component parts, this study finds that Muslim-dominant countries (>50% of the population) are positively associated with free-market capitalism. Protestant dominance is also positively correlated, but the association stems from just two components of the index, mainly “legal security and property rights protection.” Surprisingly, Protestant countries correlate negatively with “small government” and “freedom to trade,” two critical components of free-market capitalism. Muslim dominance shows positive correlations with all areas except for “legal security and property rights.” The results are consistent when assessing similar variables measuring property rights and government ownership of the economy collected by the Varieties of Democracy Project. Capitalistic policies and institutions, it seems, may travel across religions more easily than culturalists claim.

Hubert Morken Best Book Award – Call for Nominations

From Nukhet Ahu Sandal

Dear APSA Religion and Politics Section Members,

We would like to invite nominations for APSA’s 2019 Hubert Morken Best Book Award. The Hubert Morken Award is given for the best book dealing with religion and politics published within the past year. The criteria for the award include the originality of the argument presented, quality of the research, innovative methods, readability of the text and the policy or practical implications of the scholarship.

To be eligible for the award, books must have been published in 2018. The nomination should include a brief statement (250-750 words) summarizing the book’s contributions and why it is nominated for the award. This statement can be sent by email. As part of the nomination, publishers should send a copy of the nominated book to EACH member of the awards committee at the addresses below, making sure that the books arrive by the nomination deadline, March 15th, the latest.

Self nominations are welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair, Nukhet A. Sandal (

Committee Members Contact Information

Nukhet A. Sandal
Ohio University
Department of Political Science
Bentley Annex 259
Athens OH 45701

Andrew Lewis
University of Cincinnati
Department of Political Science
301 Clifton Court
1102 Crosley Tower (ML 0375)
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Jeremy Menchik
152 Bay State Rd
Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University
Boston MA 02215


Amendment to Section Bylaws – Vote Electronically

Section members,

Vote electronically to vote electronically (or not)!

All section members should have received an e-mail from the Chair:

At the recommendation of the current Religion and Politics executive committee, the section members in attendance at the 2018 business meeting voted to amend the section bylaws to elect members of the section’s executive committee by electronic ballot in future years.

The link to vote electronically on the amendment is provided in the e-mail.