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Church Voting Recommendations, Voter Preferences, and Political Decisions

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Torgler, Benno ; Stadelmann, David ; Portmann, Marco:
Church Voting Recommendations, Voter Preferences, and Political Decisions.
In: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Vol. 59 (2020) Issue 3 . - pp. 455-475.
ISSN 1468-5906
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12669

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In Switzerland, two key church institutions - the Conference of Swiss Bishops and the Federation of Protestant Churches - make public recommendations on how to vote for certain referenda. We leverage this situation to directly measure religious organizations’ power to reflect and shape human decision making. That is, using a direct measure of voters’ commitment to their religious institution, we analyze whether they are more likely to vote in line with this organization's voting recommendation. We find that these recommendations do indeed wield influence, implying that even in a secularized world, religion plays a crucial role in voting decisions. Our results hold for both aggregate and individual‐level voting decisions.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Power; Religion; Voting; Referenda; Trust; Rules of thumb
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professor Economics with a focus on development economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Economics > Professor Economics with a focus on development economics > Professor Economics with a focus on development economics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann
Profile Fields > Emerging Fields > Governance and Responsibility
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 08:20
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2020 08:21
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/59476