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Markets and Moral Regulation : Cultural Change in the European Union - Paulette Kurzer

Markets and Moral Regulation

Cultural Change in the European Union

Paperback Published: 28th August 2001
ISBN: 9780521003957
Number Of Pages: 224

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Does European integration influence national cultures and social policies? Is Europe's fabled cultural diversity diminishing? Paulette Kurzer examines these important and topical questions by comparing the Irish abortion ban, Finnish and Swedish drinking restrictions, and Dutch drug decriminalization. Employing a synthesis of constructivist and institutionalist theories, Kurzer demonstrates that domestic shifts in values and attitudes, spurred along by the impact of EC/EU market integration, are in fact bringing about a convergence in European morality norms. Alcohol control policies are forced to liberalize, the Irish abortion proscription is being redefined, and Dutch drug toleration is pushed into a more punitive direction. Markets and Moral Regulation argues that a crucial agency is European law and its role as a market regulator: as market forces invade these cultural and moral spheres, protective barriers disintegrate. The result is that cultural and social domains are increasingly exposed to the influence of market competition.

'It is a fascinating and well constructed work in a rather under-researched are in political science...and richly informed by the conceptual and analytical tools of comparative politics.' West European Politics

Markets versus morality
Binge drinking: the evolution of Finnish alcohol policy
Our greatest problem: the evolution of Swedish alcohol policy
Nordic morality meets the European union
Permissive pragmaticism: Dutch drug policy
Harm reduction meets the EU: from public health to public order
Irish sexual morality versus European sexual permissiveness
The emergence of a European morality?
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ISBN: 9780521003957
ISBN-10: 0521003954
Series: Themes in European Governance
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 28th August 2001
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.95  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.35