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On the Road to Permissiveness?Change and Convergence of Moral Regulation in Europe$
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Christoph Knill, Christian Adam, and Steffen Hurka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743989.001.0001

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Conceptualizing and measuring styles of moral regulation

Conceptualizing and measuring styles of moral regulation

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On the Road to Permissiveness?

Christian Adam

Steffen Hurka

Christoph Knill

Oxford University Press

This chapter conceptualizes four different styles of moral regulation and outlines the way that these styles are measured throughout the book. It argues that styles of moral regulation emerge through the interplay of the rules that states uphold for morally contested behaviour and the sanctions they impose if those rules are violated. Depending on a state’s configuration on those two dimensions, it pursues a style of authority (restrictive rules/severe sanctions), lenient authority (restrictive rules/lenient sanctions), permissiveness (lenient rules/lenient sanctions) or punitive permissiveness (lenient rules/severe sanctions). Based on those conceptual considerations, the chapter presents the measurement approach, which is applied to a dataset on a particular type of public policies, i.e. morality policies, in nineteen European countries (1960–2010), put together within the scope of the MORAPOL project. Finally, it outlines the methodological approach and general research design pursued by the individual empirical chapters to explain puzzling patterns of policy change.

Keywords:   morality policy, moral regulation, conceptualization, measurement, research design, public policy, policy change, MORAPOL

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