Spinoza’s Liberal Republicanism and the Challenge of Revealed Religion

AARON L. HEROLD
POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY 67.2 (2014): 239-252

Abstract: Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise is a foundational liberal work whose republican teaching also anticipates today’s communitarian critiques. Continue reading

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From ‘Political Theology’ to ‘Political Religion’: Eric Voegelin and Carl Schmitt

THIERRY GONTIER
THE REVIEW OF POLITICS 75. 1 (2013): 25-43

This essay brings the political thought of Voegelin and Schmitt into dialogue with each other around the questions of the origins of the political regime, the relationship between ethics and law, and the question of the relationship between religion and politics. Continue reading

Culture and Institutions

ALBERTO ALESINA AND PAOLA GIULIANO
NBER WORKING PAPER No. 19750 (2013)

Abstract: A growing body of new empirical work has measured different types of cultural traits, showing that culture matters for a variety of economic outcomes. This paper focuses on one specific aspect of the relevance of culture: its relationship with institutions. Evidence from theoretical, empirical, and historical examples is reviewed to critically asses the presence of a two-way causal effect between culture and institutions.