M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Political Science
Why do some religiously conservative countries advance in reproductive rights while others do not? Previous research emphasizes that religiosity, political institutionalism, and social movement strategies influence political actors, including members of the legislature, to shape preferred abortion policy outcomes. This thesis seeks to contribute to the literature by arguing that the political power of religious elites explains restrictive reproductive policy outcomes. In this thesis, I investigate the case of Poland and Indonesia. Despite differences in colonial history, religion, culture, and region, both countries share similar outcomes of restrictive reproductive policies and powerful religious elites, which makes for a unique and valuable comparative study.
Buczynski, Patricia, "The Political Power of Religious Elites in Shaping Restrictive Reproductive Policies: A Comparative Analysis of Poland and Indonesia" (2022). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6887.
Northern Illinois University
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