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Morality Politics in Western Europe Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices by Isabelle Engeli, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Lars Thorup Larsen

Morality Politics in Western Europe Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices

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Part of the Comparative Studies of Political Agendas Series


Morality Politics in Western Europe Parties, Agendas and Policy Choices by Isabelle Engeli, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Lars Thorup Larsen

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.


'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

About the Author

ERIK ALBAEK Professor, University of Southern Denmark GERARD BREEMAN Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Wageningen University, the Netherlands LAURA CHAQUES 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 FREDERIC VARONE Professor of Political Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Publication date

29th June 2012


Isabelle Engeli, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Lars Thorup Larsen

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Palgrave Macmillan


216 pages


Ethical issues & debates
Comparative politics
Ethics & moral philosophy



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