The state relationship with religion: Defined through disciplinary procedures of accounting and regulation

  • Carolyn J Cordery
  • Accounting History, April 2019, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1032373219841069

How has England's state relationship with religion changed over time?

What is it about?

This takes a Foucauldian governmentality perspective on changes in England from 1534 to 2010 in the way the state interacts with religion. England is argued to have a 'state-supported church' approach rather than state-church separation (see Monsma and Soper framework). But this relationship has changed over time with the state using the church to help it meet its ends (and vice versa). Charities are the third party that I consider in this article and how the church and state have interacted with these entities.

Why is it important?

I argue for state neutrality towards religion in light of increasing secularisation as well as religious diversity. Moving to this position would free the established church from some constraints it faces due to its relationship with the state, and also provide space for other denominations and religions to develop relationships.


Professor Carolyn J Cordery
Aston University

The questions posed by this paper go beyond what is possible to answer in one short paper! However I very much enjoyed developing this 'broad-brush' analysis of the last 500 years.

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