Where does religion meet democracy? A comparative analysis of attitudes in Europe

Vlas, N. and Gherghina, S. (2012) Where does religion meet democracy? A comparative analysis of attitudes in Europe. International Political Science Review, 33(3), pp. 336-351. (doi:10.1177/0192512111415983)

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Abstract

Starting from the growing importance of religion for politics, this article tests whether religion in Europe is connected with democratic attitudes. Analyzing and understanding such a relationship is essential for a better understanding of the prospects of present and future democratic consolidation. Our two-step approach aims to assess the variation and causal forces of democratic attitudes in Europe in the light of broader country-level factors and individual proclivities towards religion and politics. We use data from the European Values Study (1999) for the correlations and regression model. Our findings undermine the existing prejudices according to which Islam leads to authoritarian attitudes. Moreover, we illustrate the crucial roles played by satisfaction with democracy and confidence in the Church in shaping democratic attitudes across religions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Vlas, N., and Gherghina, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:International Political Science Review
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0192-5121
ISSN (Online):1460-373X
Published Online:01 May 2012

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