A supply-side reinterpretation of the secularization' of Europe

  title={A supply-side reinterpretation of the secularization' of Europe},
  author={Rodney Stark and Laurence R. Iannaccone},
  journal={Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
We propose a theory of religious mobilization that accounts for variations in religious participation on the basis of variations in the degree of regulation of religious economies and consequent variations in their levels of religious competition. To account for the apparent 'secularization" of many European nations, we stress supply-side weaknesses - inefficient religious organizations within highly regulated religious economies - rather than a lack of individual religious demand. We test the… 

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