Cultures at War: Moral Conflicts in Western Democracies / Edition 1

Cultures at War: Moral Conflicts in Western Democracies / Edition 1

by T. Alexander Smith, Raymond Tatalovich
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551113341

ISBN-13: 9781551113340

Pub. Date: 01/08/2003

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division

Cultures at War explains the rise and impact of moral conflicts on the recent political life of western democracies. Smith and Tatalovich conceptualize all moral conflicts as clashes between egalitarian and hierarchical forces. At their core, moral conflicts are debates over "identity" and the status of various groups in society.

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Overview

Cultures at War explains the rise and impact of moral conflicts on the recent political life of western democracies. Smith and Tatalovich conceptualize all moral conflicts as clashes between egalitarian and hierarchical forces. At their core, moral conflicts are debates over "identity" and the status of various groups in society.

The book is organized around the "stages" of the policy process, especially agenda-setting and adoption. How the policy process is affected by moral debate is analyzed through numerous case studies drawn mainly from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. Central to the entire analysis are three moral conflicts—capital punishment, homosexuality, and abortion—though others, for example gun control, euthanasia, and fox hunting, are included to illustrate specific points.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551113340
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date:
01/08/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction: A New Politics for a New Century

Part I: Raw Material for a Politics and Policy of Moral Conflict

2. Status Anxiety and Political Ideology

3. Cultural Theory and Warring Cultures

Part II: Morality Politics by Unconventional Means

4. Breaking Into or Breaking Apart the Political System

5. Politicians Strike Back: Legislative Restraints on Morality Policy

6. The Juridicization of the Morality Policy Process

7. Bypassing Elites: Morality Policy by Plebiscite

Part III: Uncompromising Ends of Morality Policy

8. Building Political Consensus and the Public Peace

9. Conclusion: Morality Policy and Democratic Governance

Appendices

A.1: Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment in Five Western Democracies

A.2: Attitudes Toward Abortion in Five Western Democracies

A.3: Attitudes Toward Homosexuality in Five Western Democracies

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Index

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