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Globalization and Domestic PoliticsParties, Elections, and Public Opinion$
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Jack Vowles and Georgios Xezonakis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198757986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198757986.001.0001

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Globalization, Religiosity, and Vote Choice

Globalization, Religiosity, and Vote Choice

An Empirical Test

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Globalization and Domestic Politics

Stratos Patrikios

Georgios Xezonakis

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   religion, globalization, anti‐globalization, voting behaviour, religious vote, party choice, political behaviour, economic voting

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