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  title={Christianity and Democracy: The Catholic Wave},
  author={Daniel R. Philpott},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={32 - 46}
  • D. Philpott
  • Published 8 April 2004
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Democracy
Abstract:Catholicism played an important role in bringing about the third wave of democratization. This was due to a long historical rapprochement through which both church and the democratic state came to tolerate the other. The Church then exercised a direct influence upon democratization in many countries—strongly in Poland, Lithuania, Spain, the Philippines, and Brazil, but weakly in other places, like Argentina. The Church was most likely to exercise a strong influence when it was… 

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