Church participation and political participation: The Spillover Effect

Steven A. Peterson

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The spillover effect postulates that participation in nonpolitical realms of people's lives will affect their political orientations and behavior. Data from the 1987 NORC General Social Survey are used to test these expectations with respect to participation in religious organizations. Results indicate that greater involvement in churches goes with more conservatism and somewhat greater politicization, although there are some variations by race, sex, and denomination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Politics Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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