ISBN : 9780198743989
On the Road to Permissiveness? seeks to describe and explain how European countries have been resolving political issues that involve conflicts of fundamental values. Specifically, these political issues include the regulation of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, prostitution, pornography, cannabis, sports betting, and handguns. The book addresses the empirical question of how morality policies have changed in recent decades and analyses the change and regulatory trends in different areas of morality policy. It provides a systematic long-term empirical assessment of morality policy change across countries and different fields of morality policy and compares morality policies in 19 OECD countries over a period of 50 years. On the Road to Permissiveness? is divided into three parts. Firstly, it discusses the conceptual framework and measurement approach developed by the editors and the theoretical framework guiding the empirical analyses. In the second part of the book, the editors explore the changes and trends in morality policies, and the third part develops theoretical conclusions and implications on the basis of these findings.
2. Conceptualising and Measuring Styles of Moral Regulation
3. Empirical Trends and Conventional Explanations: Some Puzzling Misfits
4. Theoretical Expectations Regarding Sources and Directions of Morality Policy Exchange
5. Abortion: Finding the Impossible Compromise
6. Euthanasia: Different Moves Towards Punitive Permissiveness
7. Pornography: 'Soft-core' Liberalization of Indecent Material in Europe
8. Prostitution: Sin, Unavoidable Evil, or Recognised Profession?
9. Homosexuality: Patterns of Hidden Compensation on the Road Towards Sexual Liberty
10. Handguns: On Target Towards Authority?
11. Gambling: Erosion and Persistence of Domestic Sporting Betting Monopolies
12. Illegal Drugs: Two Worlds of Authority