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Fenggang Yang

In: The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Chapter 30: Oligopoly Dynamics: Official Religions in China

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Oligopoly Dynamics: Official Religions in China
Oligopoly dynamics: Official religions in china

In the economic approach to the study of religious change, the nature of religious economies is commonly dichotomized into monopoly and free market. According to Stark and Finke (2000), a religious monopoly, enforced by state regulation, breeds a lazy clergy and consequently a less religiously mobilized ...

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