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Points of equilibrium: religious beliefs and economic development policy

Clarke, Matthew 2016, Points of equilibrium: religious beliefs and economic development policy, Sustainable development, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 181-189, doi: 10.1002/sd.1620.

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Title Points of equilibrium: religious beliefs and economic development policy
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Journal name Sustainable development
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 181
End page 189
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05-01
ISSN 0968-0802
1099-1719
Keyword(s) economic development
religion
policy
Christianity
Islam
Summary Eighty per cent of the world's population professes religious belief. Such beliefs provide precepts on how individuals should conduct their private lives and (often) how society should be organized. Given there are 2.1 billion Christians worldwide and 1.3 billion Muslims, understanding the religious approach to social life based on sacred texts and social teachings of Christianity and Islam has a strong relevance to those interested in implementing international economic development policies. This paper argues that religion can thus play a positive role in development and specifically support development economic policies at the international level. The purpose of this paper is not to present a fully formed development economic policy, but rather to identify teachings of the world's two largest religions – such as preferencing the poor, minimizing inequality and having the economy serve wider realms of society – that directly speak to how sustainable economic development is understood within these faith traditions and how these teachings could scaffold and support and international policy frameworks aimed to achieve sustainable economic development. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/sd.1620
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 910103 Economic Growth
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086760

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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