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Comparative Studies of Political Agendas

Morality Politics in a Secular Age

Strategic Parties and Divided Governments in Europe

Authors: Euchner, Eva-Maria

  • Develops a new framework for understanding religion and morality politics in Europe
  • Argues that a logic of wedge issue competition drives the politicization of morality policies in parliaments of the religious world
  • Opts for a dynamic (time-variant) conception of the effect of parliamentary issue attention on morality policy change 
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"Euchner’s carefully researched and cogently argued study of morality politics in Europe adds an outstanding piece of research to the ever growing literature on religion and politics. Its combination of quantitative and qualitative comparative analysis involving a novel data set and cross-policy perspectives demonstrates persuasively the role of religion as a resource for political action even in secularized societies."
—Michael Minkenberg, Viadrina European University, Germany

“Building upon the dichotomy between the “secular” and “religious” worlds of European morality politics, Dr. Euchner plumbs the empirical depths of four nations to unearth a compelling theoretical explanation for when value-laden conflicts surface in parliaments with a strong secular-religious party cleavage. This singularly important volume belongs in the institutional libraries and bibliographic collections of every serious student of public policy analysis, especially those of us who focus on morality policy.”
—Raymond Tatalovich, Loyola University Chicago, USA
This book introduces a new theoretical framework from which to understand religion and morality politics in Europe. This framework provides a first—and rather provocative—answer to the general debate on how religion influences policy-making processes. Specifically, the book argues that religion is more a strategic resource for political parties than a fundamental normative doctrine shaping political parties’ policy-making behavior in a systematic and coherent way. The framework proposes a mechanism (i.e. wedge issue competition) that can be used to identify and explain the conditions under which issues related to religious values rise and fall in parliaments of the religious world in Europe and what consequences we may expect in terms of policy reforms.

About the authors

Eva-Maria Euchner is a postdoctoral researcher at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. She studied Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. Her research trajectory focuses on morality politics, religion and legislative behaviour. She has published articles in the Journal of European Public Policy, Politics and Religion and Parliamentary Affairs.

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eBook $64.99
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  • Unpublished eBooks cannot be pre-ordered in advance.
  • Due: May 23, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10537-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • Unpublished eBooks cannot be pre-ordered in advance.
  • Due: April 25, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-10536-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Morality Politics in a Secular Age
Book Subtitle
Strategic Parties and Divided Governments in Europe
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Studies of Political Agendas
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-10537-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-10537-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-10536-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 254
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations
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