Markets and Moral Regulation: Cultural Change in the European Union / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
What effect is market integration having on national cultures and social policies? Paulette Kurzer examines Finnish and Swedish alcohol policy, Dutch drug decriminalization policy, and the Irish ban on abortion. She finds that regional integration is leading to adjustments that bring abortion, drug policy, and restrictive drinking measures into closer alignment within the EU. Kurzer's conclusion is that shifts in values and attitudes, affected in part by EU market integration, are bringing about a gradual convergence in morality norms.
Table of Contents1. Markets versus morality; 2. Binge drinking: the evolution of Finnish alcohol policy; 3. Our greatest problem: the evolution of Swedish alcohol policy; 4. Nordic morality meets the European union; 5. Permissive pragmaticism: Dutch drug policy; 6. Harm reduction meets the EU: from public health to public order; 7. Irish sexual morality versus European sexual permissiveness; 8. The emergence of a European morality?