Sociological Theories of Political Behavior in the Analysis of the Influence of Religion on Politics


  • Anna Sprenne V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University



political participation, religious factor, politics, sociological theories, society, personality


The article raises the question of the sociological researching of the interaction of religion and politics, in particular – on the influenc of religion on political behavior. The author puts forward of hypothesis religion and politics aren’t separate social institutions existing in society, but religious preferences of the individual can influencw its political behavior. To confirm the theory put forward, author suggest to consider theories of political behavior with the aim of elucidating their explanatory potential in the analysis of religion as a potential and real factor of political behavior. The result of the auhor’s work is a general theoretical view of thw system of factors of political behavior and the place of religion in this system. Based on thr analysis of various theories, the author comes to the conclusion that religion and politics, as social institutions, are important and weighty phenomene in the life of person that effect its formation as individuals. At the same time, the religious factor influences and determines the political behavior of the individual. The theoretical analysis in the article allows to draw a conclusion about a sufficient theoretical basis for conducting promising practical sociological studies of the significance and nature of religious influence on political behavior.


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