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How many roads lead to Brussels?: The political mobilisation of religious organisations within the European public sphere


The ongoing processes of European political integration pose major challenges for stakeholders in all policy fields. This is particularly true for religious organisations, which have – like many other political actors – until recently been involved mainly in domestic political processes. The boundaries of their relevant political space have expanded beyond the nation state. This chapter investigates how religious organisations ‘learn’, that is how they adapt to or reflect this situation. These learning processes are at the core of Europeanisation, as it is conceived by actor-oriented approaches in political theory.1