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What is religion? What are possible channels of influence and interdependence between religion and politics? What is the relationship between religion and social structure, and how has it changed over time and across societies? How and why does religious identity change and what effect do these changes have for political behavior? Do some modern state institutions have religious roots, and how do religious principles get embedded into secular institutions? What is secularization? What is the proper place of religion in public life, especially in liberal democracies?