LCSR Associate Researcher
Religiosity and Political Participation across Europe.
Political participation rates in Europe vary from country to country that can be associated with the type of political regime but also can be a consequence of different predominant religions or different history of state-church relations. Existing studies from the USA and Russia suggest that religiosity is capable of shaping political participation through religious doctrines and practices. Thus, atheists are usually more active in politics compared to followers of all religious traditions while participation in religious community’s affairs is positively linked to political participation. In spite of cultural similarity, European countries may vary in the way religiosity affects political participation because of difference in predominant religion and state-church relations experience. All these factors can influence political participation and lead to different participation rates if religiosity is taken into account. Consequently, the question arises: whether religiosity can account for cross-country variance in political participation and if so, then through what channels it affects political participation? The paper implies carrying out comparative cross-country statistical analysis using the data from ESS 2012 in order to find out whether the effect of religiosity on political participation is the same for all European countries.
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