The religious experience as affecting ambivalence: the case of democratic performance evaluation in Israel

Pazit Ben-Nun-Bloom*, Mina Zemach, Asher Arian

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Abstract

Religiosity increases both criticism and instability in democratic performance evaluations, and accordingly decreases reliance on these assessments in the construction of political self-efficacy, trust in institutions, and patriotism. This is due to the conflicting experiences that religious citizens of democracies live through; while their personal religious environment often adheres to many undemocratic characteristics, their experience as citizens contains assorted democratic attributes. These results, from heteroskedastic maximum likelihood models using data from a 2006 representative survey among Israeli Jews, augment the exclusive focus of the literature of democratic attitudes on the strength of attitudes, and shift attention from policy attitudes to other evaluative judgements.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)25-51
Number of pages27
JournalDemocratization
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ambivalence
  • Democratic performance evaluations
  • Israel
  • Religiosity
  • Value conflict

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