Religion, public policy and equalising opportunities

Green, Alison; Barton, Adrian and Johns, Nick (2012). Religion, public policy and equalising opportunities. Critical Social Policy, 32(4) pp. 517–535.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018311435029

Abstract

This paper examines the role of Faith-Based Groups (FBGs) in social and public policy. Specifically it provides an analysis of the conflicts that can arise between the culture and values of different FBGs and welfare provision. Its purpose is to clarify the source of this conflict and to contribute a balanced discussion on how equality legislation should apply to different religious groups. We commence by providing some historical and policy context, but rapidly move on to discuss very current and contemporary debates that are taking place in FBGs and in government. The use of a model showing the way that particular social welfare provision contributes to equality of opportunity and/or community cohesion allows the reader to clearly see where the tensions can arise for policy makers in deciding where to allocate provision

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