Religion and Mass Electoral Behaviour in Europe

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The onset of a new millennium has given renewed impetus to the study of religion and its place in the secular world. Religion and Mass Electoral Behaviour in Europe is an innovative, cutting-edge study, which focuses on the question of whether - and how - religion continues to influence and shape electoral behaviour across Europe.
With exceptional detail, this book presents empirical data drawn from a range of country case studies to provide examples of different religious experiences and relationships.

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Table of Contents

List of figure and tables
List of abbreviations
List of contributors
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
2 The political culture of secularisation: European trends and comparative perspectives 7
3 Reading the runes: the religious factor in Scandinavian electoral politics 28
4 A confessional cleavage resurrected? The denominational vote in Britain 44
5 The ever-shallower cleavage: religion and electoral politics in Germany 61
6 The bells toll no more: the declining influence of religion on voting behaviour in the Netherlands 75
7 Religious voting in a secular France 97
8 Religiosity and party choice in Spain: an elusive cleavage? 118
9 Italy: a dramatic case of secularisation? 140
10 Religious and clerical polarisation in Hungary 157
11 The religious base of politics in post-Communist Poland: a case of bounded secularisation 176
12 Conclusion: European exceptionalism? 198
Index 210
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