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Essays On Religion And Political Behavior: How Religion Facilitates Political Development And Change, Sky L. Ammann May 2014

Essays On Religion And Political Behavior: How Religion Facilitates Political Development And Change, Sky L. Ammann

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This dissertation investigates several unexplored topics regarding the influence of Americans' religion on their political attitudes and behaviors. First, it posits that religious socialization enables and constrains the development of a child's party identification and moral issue attitudes over time. Using the Youth Parent Socialization Panel Study, three indicators of a parent's religion are employed to predict a child's politics early in life, over time, and across generations. The results show an evolving role of parental religious socialization on individuals' party identification and moral issue attitudes. In particular, for newer generations, parental religious beliefs have supplanted historical ...


The American Donor: An Exploration Of The Modern Individual Donor, Amanda Marie Frost Jul 2013

The American Donor: An Exploration Of The Modern Individual Donor, Amanda Marie Frost

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Traditionally political donating behavior has been explained using socio-demographic and socialization-based models. The dramatic increase in the number of donors between 2000 and 2008 and the virtual elimination of structural barriers that limited donating to a select few suggest that this explanation is no longer adequate. What differentiates individuals who donate from those who do not? To answer this question I expand the traditional funnel of causality to develop a theoretical model that integrates biological, psychological, political behavior, and rational choice approaches. Using five samples, three nationally representative and two population-based surveys collected in 1990 and 2008, I investigate each ...


The Role Of Ideology In Foreign Policy Attitude Formation, Nicholas Fred Martini Jul 2012

The Role Of Ideology In Foreign Policy Attitude Formation, Nicholas Fred Martini

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I examine the formation of a "foreign policy" ideology and how it shapes the preferences and decisions of individuals during foreign policy events. Following from earlier research on the structure of a foreign policy ideology, two dimensions are identified as important determinants of individual preferences: a militant dimension and a cooperative dimension. To understand the determinants of an individual's ideology, a bottom-up, value driven approach is employed that explores influences that are both psychological (values, beliefs, traits) and sociological (groups, environment). As to the impact of ideology on preferences, I explore how ideology influences preferences in the context of ...