Morality Policy in Catholic Austria: The Regulation of Abortion and Same-sex Unions

Knill, Christoph; Preidel, Caroline; Nebel, Kerstin (2014). Morality Policy in Catholic Austria: The Regulation of Abortion and Same-sex Unions. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft ÖZP, 43(3), pp. 275-292. Facultas.wuv

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The examination of the level of permissiveness in the two morality policy fields abortion and same-sex partnerships across Western European countries from 1960 to 2010 reveals that Catholic states do not significantly differ from their Protestant counterparts in terms of their policy outputs today. But Catholicism can slow down the pace of reforms. Through a detailed, explorative investigation of the reforms in Austria, which was quick to install a more permissive abortion regime but a laggard in introducing legal recognition of same-sex couples, we derive first theoretical implications using an inductive approach. The Austrian case reveals that the influence of the Catholic Church may impede reforms as long as institutional and cultural opportunity structures do not promote secular-permissive efforts to politicize the issue and secure a majority for policy change.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Nebel, Kerstin


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science








Kerstin Nebel

Date Deposited:

13 Feb 2015 14:11

Last Modified:

13 Feb 2015 14:11

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Moralpolitik, Reformgeschwindigkeit, katholische Kirche, gleichgeschlechtliche Partnerschaften, Schwangerschaftsabbruch, Abtreibung, Österreich


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