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Comparative Studies of Political Agendas

Morality Politics in Western Europe

Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices

Authors: Engeli, Isabelle, Green-Pedersen, Christoffer, Thorup Larsen, Lars

Editors: Larsen, L. Thorup (Ed.)

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Why do some countries have 'Culture Wars' over morality issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage while other countries hardly experience any conflict? This book argues that morality issues only generate major conflicts in political systems with a significant conflict between religious and secular parties.

About the authors

ERIK ALBÆK Professor, University of Southern Denmark GERARD BREEMAN Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Wageningen University, the Netherlands LAURA CHAQUÉS Bonafont Professor, University of Barcelona and Research Fellow, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain ANNA M. PALAU Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Barcelona, Spain DONLEY T. STUDLAR Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University, USA ARCO TIMMERMANS Research Director, Montesquieu Institute for comparative studies of parliamentary systems in the EU, the Hague, the Netherlands FRÉDÉRIC VARONE Professor of Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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'Pathbreaking in its theoretical insight and scope of coverage, Morality Politics in Western Europe solves the puzzle of how and where moral conflicts arise in a secularized Europe... This original contribution is essential reading for all scholars and students of public policy, comparative studies, and religion and politics.'

- Raymond Tatalovich, Professor of Political Science, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

'Theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, the studies collected in this book explain the puzzling fact of why in some countries morality issues become politically explosive, while in others they sometimes do not even reach the political agenda. This is a well-written, authoritative and easily accessible contribution to our comparative understanding of what provokes and

what dampens conflict around morality issues.'

- Kees van Kersbergen, Professor of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

'Morality Politics in Western Europe is a breakthrough piece of scholarship. These scholars are the first to explore systematically the causes and effects of morality-based policy issues outside the US... The work is truly comparative in the best sense, revealing what has heretofore been largely ignored by political scientists that while morality issues in Europe constitute perhaps a small proportion of the overall public agenda, they - play an outsized role in defining politics there.'

- Christopher Mooney, Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Illinois at Springfield, USA


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Engeli, Isabelle (et al.)

    Pages 1-4

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Morality Issues

    Engeli, Isabelle (et al.)

    Pages 5-26

  • How to Study the Two Worlds of Morality Politics

    Engeli, Isabelle (et al.)

    Pages 27-34

  • Morality Issues in the Netherlands: Coalition Politics under Pressure

    Timmermans, Arco (et al.)

    Pages 35-61

  • From Prohibition to Permissiveness: A Two-Wave Change on Morality Issues in Spain

    Bonafont, Laura Chaqués (et al.)

    Pages 62-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Morality Politics in Western Europe
Book Subtitle
Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices
Authors
Editors
  • L. Thorup Larsen
Series Title
Comparative Studies of Political Agendas
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01669-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137016690
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30933-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33924-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 216
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