Markets and moral regulation : cultural change in the European Union / Paulette Kurzer
- Kurzer, Paulette, 1957-
- Additional Titles:
- Markets & Moral Regulation
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xii, 210 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- 1. Markets versus morality -- 2. Binge drinking: the evolution of alcohol control policy in Finland -- 3. Our greatest social problem: anti-alcohol policy in Sweden -- 4. Nordic morality meets the European Union -- 5. Permissive pragmatism: drug control policy in the Netherlands -- 6. Harm reduction meets the EU: from public health to public order -- 7. Irish moral conservatism and European sexual permissiveness -- 8. The emergence of a European morality?
- Does European integration influence national cultures and social policies? Is Europe's fabled cultural diversity diminishing? In this book, 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.
- 9780511492006 (ebook)
- Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
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