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Globalization, Religiosity, and Vote Choice

Chapter in book
Authors Stratos Patrikios
Georgios Xezonakis
Published in Vowles, J. & Xezonakis, G. (Eds.) Globalization and Domestic Politics: Parties, Elections, and Public Opinion
ISBN 9780198757986
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford
Publication year 2016
Published at Quality of Government Institute (QoG)
Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords religion, globalization, anti‐globalization, voting behaviour, religious vote, party choice, political behaviour, economic voting
Subject categories Political Science


Building on recent research that examines the impact of globalization in domestic political behaviour, particularly on economic voting, this chapter proposes that globalization strengthens the influence of religiosity on individual voting decisions (the ‘religious vote’ or ‘religious voting’). It further hypothesizes that the effect of globalization on the religious vote depends on the structure of the religious economy: some religious contexts will be more fertile settings for religious voting. The analysis combines individual‐level data from CSES Module 2 (2001–2006) with two types of country‐level information: globalization indices and a measure of the religious context. The main finding is that globalization strengthens the link between religiosity and right‐wing party choice. This effect can be interpreted as an anti‐globalization backlash that takes place within a shrinking pool of religious voters. The findings contribute to our understanding of a hitherto ignored relationship between globalization and the non‐economic foundations of voting behaviour.

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