On the Road to Permissiveness?
This book pursues two major research questions. First, it answers the empirical question of how morality policies have been changing in recent decades. Specifically, the aim is to provide a systematic long-term empirical assessment of morality policy change across countries and different fields of moral regulation. The book represents a major extension of the usually rather limited scope of research into comparative public policy. It compares morality policies in nineteen European countries over a period of fifty years (1960–2010). In addition, the book scrutinizes whether different subfields of morality policy behave and change differently. This research question is answered on the basis of a highly differentiated measurement of policy change that takes into account not only changes in the strictness of rules, but also changes in the way deviations from legal rules are sanctioned.
Knill, C., Adam, C., & Hurka, S. (Eds.). (2015). On the Road to Permissiveness?: Change and Convergence of Moral Regulation in Europe. Oxford University Press, USA.