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Religion and Support for Democracy: A Comparative Study for Catholic and Muslim Countries


Eduard J. Bomhoff


Monash University Malaysia campus

Man-Li Gu


Monash University Malaysia Campus

January 7, 2011

Politics and Religion (2012) 5 (2): 280-316.

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This paper presents a cross-country empirical analysis of the relationship between religion and political attitudes among the Catholic and Muslim publics, using the most recent data from the World Values Survey (WVS). We find that public support for democracy is stronger among the better educated in both the Catholic and Muslim countries. Contrary to the conventional belief that pious believers are less receptive to democracy, religiosity, measured by belief in God, is found to have a significant positive impact on desire for democracy in both types of society. Our findings further indicate that at the societal level, overt support for democracy is consistently positively correlated to the attachment of a set of more implicit tolerant civil values in the Catholic countries, while exactly the opposite is observed in the Islamic countries.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: Religiosity, Democracy, Political Culture

JEL Classification: C51, N35, N40, Z10

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Date posted: January 16, 2011 ; Last revised: December 1, 2012

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Bomhoff, Eduard J. and Gu, Man-Li, Religion and Support for Democracy: A Comparative Study for Catholic and Muslim Countries (January 7, 2011). Politics and Religion (2012) 5 (2): 280-316. . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1740133 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1740133

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Eduard J. Bomhoff
Monash University Malaysia campus ( email )
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor 46150
Malaysia

Man-Li Gu (Contact Author)
Monash University Malaysia Campus ( email )
Jalan Lagoon Selatan
Kuala Lumpur, 46150
Malaysia
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