AbstractThis paper explores a highly controversial issue: while most European countries are undergoing a clear and well-documented process of secularization, the governments of these countries widely support religious institutions. The arguments put forward by the median voter seem insufficient to explain the data. We show that if political parties are allowed to take an ideological position with respect to religion, the observed deviations from the most preferred policy by the median voter could be explained.
Branas-Garza, Pablo <http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/view/creators/Branas-Garza=3APablo=3A=3A.html> and Solano García, Ángel <http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/view/creators/Solano_Garc=EDa=3A=C1ngel=3A=3A.html> (2010) Religious favoritism in Europe: a political competition model. Rationality and Society, 22 (3). pp. 333-352. ISSN 1043-4631