Religious favoritism in Europe: a political competition model

Branas-Garza, Pablo and Solano García, Ángel (2010) Religious favoritism in Europe: a political competition model. Rationality and Society, 22 (3). pp. 333-352. ISSN 1043-4631

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Abstract

This paper explores a highly controversial issue: while most European countries are undergoing a clear and well-documented process of secularization, the governments of these countries widely support religious institutions.
The arguments put forward by the median voter seem insufficient to explain the data. We show that if political parties are allowed to take an ideological position with respect to religion, the observed deviations from the most preferred policy by the median voter could be explained.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
A. > Business School > Economics > Behavioural Economics group
Item ID: 10242
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Depositing User: Pablo Branas Garza
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2013 07:17
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10242

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