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

Indra de Soysa
https://doi.org/10.1017/S1755048318000780
Published online: 19 December 2018

Abstract

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 (sandal@ohio.edu).

Committee Members Contact Information

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

Andrew Lewis
University of Cincinnati
Department of Political Science
301 Clifton Court
1102 Crosley Tower (ML 0375)
Cincinnati, OH 45221
lewis2a5@UCMAIL.UC.EDU

Jeremy Menchik
152 Bay State Rd
Pardee School of Global Studies
Boston University
Boston MA 02215
menchik@bu.edu

 

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.

2019 NYU-CESS Conference on Experimental Political Science

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the 12th Annual NYU-CESS Conference on Experimental Political Science, which will be held on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at NYU.

We are now accepting paper proposals, as well as proposals for a graduate student poster session. We welcome the participation of field researchers, lab and survey researchers and those who analyze natural experiments, political psychologists, political economists, scholars of comparative and American politics, and methodologists who explore the relationship between experimental methods and observational data, as well as any others who may simply wish to learn about and discuss experimental methods.

This year, in addition to the usual sessions around a wide array of topics, we will hold a special session on Saturday, February 9th, around the theme of religion and politics, and encourage submissions from scholars of comparative politics. Authors engaged in experimental research (field, lab, survey or natural) on questions about religion and political life (public opinion, participation, political identity, political authority, voting, conflict, policymaking and the like) are encouraged to indicate their interest in that special session on the application form below.

Proposals can be submitted online via the link posted on the Section Forum, APSA Connect.

Paper proposals will be accepted until November 2, 2018. We will notify authors of our program decisions in late November.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Becky, Chris and Gwyneth