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How do religious norms diffuse? Institutional translation and international change in a post-secular world society

Bettiza, Gregorio and Dionigi, Filippo (2014) How do religious norms diffuse? Institutional translation and international change in a post-secular world society. European Journal of International Relations, 21 (3). pp. 621-646. ISSN 1354-0661

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1354066114542663

Abstract

This article draws from Habermasian post-secular theory to broaden the scope of Constructivist research on norm dynamics beyond its current Western-centric focus. In an increasingly post-secular world society, we conceptualize the mechanism of institutional translation to explain processes of norm diffusion whereby culturally situated ‘thick’ norms acquire a ‘thinner’ ethical status via a dialogical process of normative contestation across diverse ethical perspectives. Institutional translation differs from, but also complements, mechanisms of norm diffusion, such as persuasion and localization, by illustrating how norms conceived and promoted by non-Western religious-based actors can acquire global legitimacy within the institutions of the international liberal order. The article investigates the explanatory value of this framework through an empirical analysis of two contrasting cases of norm promotion by the Organization of Islamic Conference at the United Nations. The first case considers the global diffusion of the norm of dialogue of civilizations as an example of successful institutional translation. The second case illustrates the failed diffusion of the norm against the

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ejt.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: Middle East Centre
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 09:11
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59100

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