The religious economy of political liberation in Nigeria: An elite theory analysis and a prognosis
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This study is an interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between religion and political liberation in an elite-arrested nation-state. The study is situated within the empirical context of the Nigerian socio-political system. The case-study state is accordingly, representative of others, currently under what the work denotes as domestic elite hegemony, which necessitates political liberation. Invariably, the study entails an elite theory analysis of the linkages between the research variables. Hence, a prognosis is occasioned by the analysis. The study finally found the possibility of a fusion of the two major religious persuasions in the country, in attempting to counterbalance the enduring and debilitating elite dominion of the Nigerian nation-state. The study is highly significant in its interdisciplinary methodology. Hence, it has succeeded in touching upon the subject areas of religion, sociology, political science and public administration. Consequently, the study possesses immense theoretical and empirical relevance.
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