My research asks why and how does religion and culture play a role in the political decision
making in the South-east Nigeria and in other Multicultural parts of the world like, Flemish,
Belgium and Toronto, Canada.
The purpose or my research is twofold. Firstly, to explore the overall changes in political
decision-making, and why they are influenced by the role religion plays as a whole. This is
important because the role of religion in political decision-making in general transcends
cultures and political suppression since the 20th century as Huston Smith noted in "Why
Religion Matters". Secondly, the questions on how religion plays a role in political decisionmaking
process will be addressed. How do external and internal religion's driving forces
influence political decision-making process, in South-east, Nigeria, Flemish, Belgium and
Toronto, Canada? What are the major turning points in the political decision making
process,? What are the fundamental problems?
The answers to 'why does religion play a role in political decision making in the South-east
Nigeria, Flemish, Belgium and Toronto, Canada, could be overlapping with 'how does religion
play this role'. To provide clarification, the research will propose a conceptual-theoretical
framework to explain the role of religion in political decision-making. The framework
consists of two parts. The first part provides conceptual definition of religion and answers
'why' does religion play a role in political decision-making process based on literature
review. The second part will explain 'how' religion plays a role in political decision-making
by investigating the driving forces in South-east, Nigeria, Flemish, Belgium and Toronto,
Canada. Hypotheses, variables and indicators will be formulated and linked with empirical
evidence in the role religion plays in the political decision making.
I will observe and compare the political culture of the South-East, Nigeria, Flemish Belgium
and Toronto, Canada for an effective understanding of the dynamic role of religion in their
political decision making.
In particular, my project in Toronto, Canada, seeks to explore the place of culture and
religion in identity construction and its implication in political decision making in Toronto.
The research will analyze the internal and external influences on the role of religion and
culture in the political decision making in Toronto, Canada. This involves an evaluation of
the role and contribution of national and international cultural and religious organization to
the maintenance of peace in Toronto, Canada. I will observe and analyze how individuals and
groups are encouraging innovative and adequate interaction of culture, religion and politics
in Toronto, Canada. I will compare my findings with that of the Flemish, Belgium and the