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date: 18 November 2019

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This article attempts to define the extent to which religion influences political and voting behaviour in the contemporary world. It also tries to identify the major factors behind this influence. The article starts by looking at the secularization theory, which asserts that modernization decreases the need for and the significance of religion on both the macro and micro levels. ‘Supply-side’ theories and religion in politics are examined next.

Keywords: influence of religion, religiosity, political behaviour, voting behaviour, secularization theory, modernization, significance of religion, supply-side theories

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