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The Religion and State Project, Constitutions Dataset, 1990-2022

DOI

10.17605/OSF.IO/TV8EX

Citation

Fox, J. (2023, September 21). The Religion and State Project, Constitutions Dataset, 1990-2022.

Summary

The Religion and State (RAS) project is based at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Its goal is to create a set of measures that systematically gauge the intersection between government and religion. This dataset examines constitutional clauses that address religion for 177 states on a yearly basis between 1990 and 2022. This constitutes all countries with populations of 250,000 or more, as well as Western democracies with smaller populations.

Data File

Cases: 176
Variables: 5383
Weight Variable: None

Data Collection

This dataset contains 154 variables which measure the presence of religion clauses in constitutions and is coded yearly from 1990 to 2022. That data was updated from an earlier version in 2023.

Original Survey (Instrument)

RAS Constitutions Codebook 1990-2022

Funded By

Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University

Collection Procedures

Constitutions were located primarily from the following sources: the Religion and Law International Document Database, the International Constitutional Law project, the Political Database of the Americas, and the University of Richmond Constitution Finder. In most cases these databases provided English language translations of constitutions not written in English, usually academic or official government translations. Otherwise, constitutions were translated using Google Translate. To test Google Translate's accuracy, several constitutions for which translations were available were compared to a translation of the original document by Google Translate. While the translations were never identical, none of the differences would have influenced the codings.

All codings discussed below are coded yearly from 1990 to 2022. In cases where earlier constitutions were unobtainable, the codings begin in the year for which the earliest available constitution was enacted. Also, if a state became independent after 1990, as did many of the former Soviet republics, the codings begin in the year they became independent. Cases in which there was no active constitution due to a lack of a constitution or a state of civil war in which there was no effective government were not coded. Also, Brunei has a constitution but copies are unavailable so it is not included.

Principal Investigators

Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University

Citation

Please cite the following when publishing results that use the dataset:

Jonathan Fox “Do Religion Clauses in Constitutions Predict Government-Based Discrimination against Religious Minorities? Religions, 14 (92). 2023, 1-33. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14010092.

Jonathan Fox. "Out of Sync: The Disconnect Between Constitutional Clauses and State Legislation on Religion." Canadian Journal of Political Science, 44(1), 2011, 59-81.

Jonathan Fox & Deborah Flores "Religions, Constitutions, and the State: a Cross-National Study" Journal of Politics, 71 (4), 2009, 1499-1513.

Jonathan Fox, Religion and State Constitutions Dataset, http://www.religionandstate.org

Note on FRTP1X - FTP21X Variable Series

For the variables beginning with the prefixes FRTP and FTP, the religious freedoms measured in these variables must have been granted to everyone in order to have been coded, not just a portion of the population. These variables were originally identified with the prefix CFREETYPE.

Acronyms Used in the Dataset

SRAS = Separation of religion and state
EOR = Establishment of religion

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