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The Contribution of Religiosity to Ideology: Empirical Evidences From Five Continents


Caprara, Gian Vittorio; Vecchione, Michele; Schwartz, Shalom H; Schoen, Harald; Bain, Paul G; Silvester, Jo; Cieciuch, Jan; et al (2018). The Contribution of Religiosity to Ideology: Empirical Evidences From Five Continents. Cross-Cultural Research, 52(5):524-541.

Abstract

The current study examines the extent to which religiosity account for ideological orientations in 16 countries from five continents (Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Greece, Finland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Results showed that religiosity was consistently related to right and conservative ideologies in all countries, except Australia. This relation held across different religions, and did not vary across participant’s demographic conditions (i.e., gender, age, income, and education). After controlling for basic personal values, the contribution of religiosity on ideology was still significant. However, the effect was substantial only in countries where religion has played a prominent role in the public sphere, such as Spain, Poland, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, and Turkey. In the other countries, the unique contribution of religiosity was marginal or small.

Abstract

The current study examines the extent to which religiosity account for ideological orientations in 16 countries from five continents (Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Greece, Finland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Results showed that religiosity was consistently related to right and conservative ideologies in all countries, except Australia. This relation held across different religions, and did not vary across participant’s demographic conditions (i.e., gender, age, income, and education). After controlling for basic personal values, the contribution of religiosity on ideology was still significant. However, the effect was substantial only in countries where religion has played a prominent role in the public sphere, such as Spain, Poland, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, and Turkey. In the other countries, the unique contribution of religiosity was marginal or small.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
08 Research Priority Programs > Social Networks
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Anthropology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Psychology (miscellaneous)
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:20 Feb 2019 17:00
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 22:57
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1069-3971
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1069397118774233
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17383

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