Professor Baogang He (Deakin University)
The covenantal connection thesis forms an important basis from which to understand the religious source of political federalism. Yet with its Christian roots, to what extent does it apply to Asian countries that have different religious traditions? In this article we explore whether the covenantal connection thesis is relevant to Asian federalism in the context of Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist majority countries. We find that while the presence or absence of a covenant within a religion can partially explain acceptance of, or resistance to federalism, there are other features associated with religion that also play a role.
The seminar will be held at Deakin Burwood (Level 2, Building BC, 221 Burwood Highway Burwood) and available via VMP at Deakin Geelong (IC3.108).