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The legitimacy of secularism :|a conceptual analysis

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dc.contributor Ph.D. Program in Political Science and International Relations.
dc.contributor.advisor Çıdam, Volkan. Usturalı, Adil. 2023-03-16T12:28:48Z 2023-03-16T12:28:48Z 2019.
dc.identifier.other POLS 2019 U77 PhD
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to provide a conceptual analysis of secularism as a constitutional principle specifically in the context of constitutional democracies. For these purposes, the critique of the concept is reviewed and various conceptions of the concept that are widely accepted in the literature are scrutinized. As an alternative to the existing conceptions, this study proposes secularism as autonomy as a new conception of secularism which better reflects the constitutional legitimacy and purpose of the concept. Based on this conception, it is argued that secularism in constitutional democracies is a constitutional principle that is adopted directly as a consequence of the legitimacy claim of a constitutional democracy: the claim to recognize and ensure individual autonomy of its citizens. The constitutional state, therefore, by nature a secular state that is legitimated through secular procedures. After this conception is proposed, the argument is deepened by an analysis of the relationship between secularism, autonomy, and legitimacy. It is demonstrated that autonomy plays a central role in constitutional democracies both historically and conceptually and secularism as a constitutional principle is adopted in order to reflect this relationship. Finally, secularism as autonomy is analyzed in three levels of analysis it exists and/or affects: the constitutional level, the legal/political level, and the informal public sphere.
dc.format.extent 30 cm.
dc.publisher Thesis (Ph.D.) - Bogazici University. Institute for Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences, 2019.
dc.subject.lcsh Secularism.
dc.subject.lcsh Secularism -- Law and legislation.
dc.title The legitimacy of secularism :|a conceptual analysis
dc.format.pages xii, 215 leaves ;

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