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Presentation Title: The Relationship Between Catholicism and Voting for the FN in France

Section: Public and Private Identity I

Location: , 311

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:15am - 9:30am

Abstract:

Well-established academic tradition indicates that practicing Catholics in France are about twenty times more likely to vote for candidates of the conservative party, the UMP, than non-Catholics.  Yet this same trend does not hold for the largest far-right party, the Front national (FN): in fact, practicing Catholics vote less frequently for the FN, and the FN electorate is as secular as any other political party's.  After reviewing the existing literature on far-right voting and the Catholic vote in France, I developed two likely hypotheses, specifically the underrepresentation of practicing Catholics in demographic groups most likely to vote for the FN, and a fundamental clash of important values.  I tested these hypotheses using voting data for the former, and both survey responses and articles in the Catholic press for the latter.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: International Studies

Presentation Topic: Europe

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Oh, Jaewon
Major(s): IGS (Political Science/French/Europe)
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Bleich, Erik
Dept(s): Political Science

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