About | HeinOnline Law Journal Library | HeinOnline Law Journal Library | HeinOnline

8 J.L. Religion & St. 1 (2020)

handle is hein.journals/jlrs8 and id is 1 raw text is: 

 BRILL                          8 (2020) 1-33                      40
 NIJHOFF                                                          brill.com/jlrs

 Social Change and the Accommodation of Religious

 Minorities in the Netherlands
New Diversity and Its Implications for Constitutional Rights and Principles

        Wibren van der Burg
        Professor of Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence, Erasmus School of Law,
        Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

        Wouter de Been


The toleration of religious minorities is changing in the Netherlands. In this paper we
analyze three recent developments in Dutch society that are important for under-
standing the way the Dutch regime of religious tolerance is adjusting to 21st century
circumstances. The first one concerns the growing homogenization of Dutch society
and the emergence of a secular and liberal majority. The second is the dominance in
policy and public debate of a Protestant conception of what religion amounts to. The
third development is the fragmentation of religion and its simultaneous combination
into new networks and groups made possible by new information and communication
technologies. These developments pose challenges to constitutional rights and prin-
ciples. There are no simple solutions to these challenges, but the Dutch tradition of
consociationalism, as a liberal tradition in its own right, may provide some valuable


secularization - diversity - consociationalism - the Netherlands - liberalism -
republicanism - individualization - aggregation

(D WIBRENVANDERBURGANDWOUTERDE BEEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/22124810-00801002
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

What Is HeinOnline?

HeinOnline is a subscription-based resource containing nearly 3,000 academic and legal journals from inception; complete coverage of government documents such as U.S. Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Reports, and much more. Documents are image-based, fully searchable PDFs with the authority of print combined with the accessibility of a user-friendly and powerful database. For more information, request a quote or trial for your organization below.

Short-term subscription options include 24 hours, 48 hours, or 1 week to HeinOnline with pricing starting as low as $29.95

Contact us for annual subscription options:

Already a HeinOnline Subscriber?

profiles profiles most