Religion, Euroskpeticism and the Media
The proposed project enquires into the role of religion in relation to emerging and increasing public reluctance towards European integration. There are two ways in which religion can be related to Euro-skepticism. First of all, religious people may be guided in their (political) choices by their religious convictions, and they may be influenced by institutional expectations, elites and representatives from their churches. This is an influence of religiosity itself. Secondly, secular people may have negative feelings towards religion, and religious people may have negative feelings towards secularism as well as other religions. This is an influence of attitudes towards religion. We will study the role of religion in both ways: as a socio-structural precondition for behavior, but also as an attitudinal variable.