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The Effects of Religion and Religiosity on Voting Behavior

Yilmaz Esmer and Thorleif Pettersson

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0025

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

The Effects of Religion and Religiosity on Voting Behavior

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This article attempts to define the extent to which religion influences political and voting behaviour in the contemporary world. It also tries to identify the major factors behind this influence. The article starts by looking at the secularization theory, which asserts that modernization decreases the need for and the significance of religion on both the macro and micro levels. ‘Supply-side’ theories and religion in politics are examined next.

Keywords: influence of religion; religiosity; political behaviour; voting behaviour; secularization theory; modernization; significance of religion; supply-side theories

Article.  10573 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Political Institutions

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