Convergence or Replacement? Attitudes Towards Political and Religious Institutions in Contemporary Romania

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 8 (24):70-94 (2009)
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Abstract

Unlike other Post-Communist countries, Romania displays three clear individual-level trends related to political and religious institutions. The Romanians are the most supportive for the EU and Church, and the most critical towards national political institutions in the region. By conducting an empirical longitudinal study on the Romanian population, we aim to understand the linkages between these two trends and to identify what can explain the high level of trust vested by the Romanian citizens in the Orthodox Church in the post-Communist period. In doing so, we test two alternative explanations and we employ bivariate and multivariate statistics. The results indicate that there is weak evidence for the relationship between trust in political and religious institutions, with a stronger emphasis on the EU aspect. Whenever the attitudes are linked, they are consistent: positive attitudes towards the national government and Parliament trigger positive attitudes towards the Church

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Orthodoxy, Church, State, and National Identity in the Context of Tendential Modernity.Constantin Schifirnet - 2013 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 12 (34):173-208.

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