WiP: Liberal Attitudes and Religion: The Moderating Effects of a Communist Past

CRRC, ARISC and American Councils are proud to present the 5th talk of the 2021 Fall Series of the Tbilisi Works-in-Progress series! 

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Liberal Attitudes and Religion: The Moderating Effects of a Communist Past 

Giorgi Babunashvili and Anano Kipiani, CRRC Georgia 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 18:30 Tbilisi time 

Political and societal attitudes are significantly shaped by historical experience. As part of a special issue on the International Social Survey Programme module on religion, this brief research note focuses on how religiosity effects the degree to which people have liberal attitudes and how this varies across pre-dominantly Christian countries with and without Communist pasts. The data show that overall, in post-Communist countries, religiosity has a weaker effect on liberal attitudes towards homosexuality. At the same time, the overall level of tolerance concerning sexual minorities is lower, and there is less variance in attitudes among the societies of former communist countries. 

Giorgi Babunashvili is a Senior Policy Analyst at CRRC Georgia. Anano Kipiani is a Researcher at CRRC Georgia.  

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WiP is an ongoing academic discussion series based in Tbilisi, Georgia, that normally takes place at the new office of CRRC at Liziko Kavtaradze St. 1. It is co-organized by the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, and the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC). All of the talks are free and open to the public.