This comparative analysis of the relationships between religion, politics and governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania draws on research undertaken as part of a wider research programme on religions and development. The starting point for these studies was the need to examine the implication of the ‘return of religion’ for ‘good governance’, in particular the extent to which religious actors (religious communities, faith based organizations and religious political parties) help or hinder development, especially with respect to pro-poor policy and practice. Each country study provided a historical evaluation of state-religion relationships since independence and detailed case studies of religious actors that assess contemporary patterns of governance and engagement with politics.
G Singh. Religion, Politics and Governance in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania: An Overview. Working Paper No. 55, Religions and Development Research Programme.. (2011) 1-74. ISBN 978 0 7044 2871 3