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Pluralism, Equality and the Challenge of Faith Based Services

Stychin, C. (2014). Pluralism, Equality and the Challenge of Faith Based Services. Journal of International and Comparative Law, 1(2), pp. 141-170.


This article interrogates the increasing role of faith groups in the delivery of public services in England pursuant to the Big Society agenda. Specifically, it examines the potential impact on competing values such as equality between citizens. After a historical survey of the role of faith communities, the article reviews an example of protracted litigation in which the clash between faith based service provision and equality was at the forefront. It then adopts a comparative approach, turning to the extensive American experience of Charitable Choice. Finally, the issues are situated within a broader theoretical frame. The author concludes with recommendations for policymakers in what will likely be a field of growing importance.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Stychin, C., Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2014, Sweet and Maxwell Hong Kong, reproduced with permission of THOMSON REUTERS (PROFESSIONAL) UK LIMITED. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:
Publisher Keywords: faith communities; Big Society; public services; equality; charities; Charitable Choice
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
K Law
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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