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Michael J. Schuck and John Crowley-Buck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.001.0001

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Religion as a Political Factor in Latin America: The Peruvian Case

Religion as a Political Factor in Latin America: The Peruvian Case

(p.203) Religion as a Political Factor in Latin America: The Peruvian Case
Democracy, Culture, Catholicism

Jorge Aragón Trelles

Fordham University Press

Mainstream modernization and secularization theories once predicted a gradual decline in the importance of religion as a factor in people’s political orientations. Evidence has not borne out this prediction, with the persistence of religious affiliation in contemporary societies and the role religion has played in recent political movements. Aragón discusses how religion impacts Latin American politics today and, using public opinion data, explores whether Peru is a country where religious beliefs and practices are associated with political perceptions and preferences. Whereas progressive Catholicism has declined in Latin America in recent decades, evangelical Protestantism has grown. However, the data indicates that denominational differences have little impact on political participation, whereas the strength of one’s religious participation—whether Catholic or Protestant—does track favorably with increased political participation.

Keywords:   modernization theory, political orientation, progressive Catholicism secularization theory, public opinion data, religious affiliation

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