Religiosity and Attitudes towards the Involvement of Religious Leaders in Politics
Volume 2 (1)
Mueller, T.
This paper examines the antecedents of preferences for the involvement of religious leaders in politics. Hypotheses derived from secularization theories as well as from RC-Frameworks are tested empirically using WVS data. Multilevel-Analysis is used in order to account for the nested structure of the data. Most cross-national differences can be explained by differences in levels of modernization and inequality, with modernization showing a strong negative and inequality showing a strong positive effect. Moreover, stronger state-church relations foster the acceptance of higher involvement of religious leaders in politics. The hypotheses of the RC-Framework are not supported by the evi-dence. The US outlying position can be partly explained by high levels of social inequal-ity.

Citation: Tim Mueller (2009). "Religiosity and Attitudes towards the Involvement of Religious Leaders in Politics." World Values Research 2 (1): 1-30 http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org

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