The supply-side model of religion: The Nordic and Baltic States

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Abstract

The paper uses the fortunes of religion in the Nordic and Baltic States to identify weaknesses in the supply-side model of religious behaviour promoted by Stark, Finke and Iannaccone. Changes in religious observance in the Nordic countries over the twentieth century, and comparisons between them, contradict a number of supply-side propositions. Comparisons between the Baltic states similarly show no support for supply-side claims. Instead both clusters suggest that the fate of religion owes more to its links with ethnicity than to issues of state regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-46
Number of pages15
JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Volume39
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Keywords

  • SECULARIZATION
  • PARTICIPATION
  • PLURALISM
  • BEHAVIOR
  • ORIGINS
  • MARKET
  • WALES

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