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  Praying on Friday, voting on Sunday? Mosque attendance and voter turnout in three West European democracies

Moutselos, M. (2019). Praying on Friday, voting on Sunday? Mosque attendance and voter turnout in three West European democracies. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2019.1662283.

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Free keywords: Voting, Islam, Western Europe
 Abstract: Several studies have demonstrated a positive association between regular church attendance and turning out to vote in established democracies. This paper examines whether the relationship holds for Muslims who regularly attend religious services. Using an original dataset of Muslim-origin citizens in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, I find that regular mosque attendance is indeed associated with higher likelihood to vote in national elections in Germany and the United Kingdom, while among Dutch Muslims turnout is positively associated with individual religiosity. I find evidence that the proposed association between regular mosque attendance and voting is mediated through the acquisition of relevant political information and stronger associational involvement. The paper provides an individual-level analysis complementing studies of country-level institutional particularities and group-level characteristics that are conducive to higher levels of turnout among Muslims. The findings dispel the myth that mosques are sites of civic alienation and self-segregation, but can, in fact, play the role of ‘schools of democracy’

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-09-06
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1662283
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