Moral Politics: The Religious Factor in Referenda Voting

Rapp, Carolin; Traunmüller, Richard; Freitag, Markus; Vatter, Adrian (2014). Moral Politics: The Religious Factor in Referenda Voting. Politics and Religion, 7(2), pp. 418-443. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1755048314000303

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This article combines the research strands of moral politics and political behavior by focusing on the effect of individual and contextual religiosity on individual vote decisions in popular initiatives and public referenda concerning morally charged issues. We rely on a total of 13 surveys with 1,000 respondents each conducted after every referendum on moral policies in Switzerland between 1992 and 2012. Results based on cross-classified multilevel models show that religious behaving instead of nominal religious belonging plays a crucial role in decision making on moral issues. This supports the idea that the traditional confessional cleavage is replaced by a new religious cleavage that divides the religious from the secular. This newer cleavage is characterized by party alignments that extend from electoral to direct democratic voting behavior. Overall, our study lends support to previous findings drawn from American research on moral politics, direct democracies, and the public role of religion.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Rapp, Carolin; Traunmüller, Richard; Freitag, Markus and Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1755-0483

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Rosa Vogel

Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2014 09:59

Last Modified:

10 Dec 2018 10:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S1755048314000303

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59777

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59777

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