Markets and Moral Regulation: Cultural Change in the by Paulette Kurzer

By Paulette Kurzer

What influence is marketplace integration having on nationwide cultures and social guidelines? Paulette Kurzer examines Finnish and Swedish alcohol coverage, Dutch drug decriminalization coverage, and the Irish ban on abortion. She unearths that local integration is resulting in alterations that carry abortion, drug coverage, and restrictive ingesting measures into nearer alignment in the ecu. Kurzer's end is that shifts in values and attitudes, affected partly via ecu industry integration, are bringing a few sluggish convergence in morality norms.

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Markets versus morality 25 change, and why? My answer is that people as self-interested individuals take advantage of the Single Market in ways strikingly similar to the means±end calculations of economic agents. Since a sizable number of individuals in each country were no longer fully committed to the morality standards, the removal of frontiers and the new rhetoric emanating from the EU propelled a surge in cross-border activities. These activities in and by themselves need not bury the morality regimes.

In addition, abortion tourism defeats the whole purpose of the anti-abortion amendment, which is meant to protect the life of the unborn. How does the constitutional ban protect the life of the unborn if a growing number of pregnant Irish women seek abortions abroad? In a similar way, the ¯ow of Finnish and Swedish consumers who buy cheap liquor in Estonia and Denmark respectively suggests that people's attitudes to alcohol curbs have undergone a real shift. People no longer accept the trade-off inherent in individual sacri®ces, in the form of restrictions on private consumer choices, made for the sake of protecting others from chemical dependency.

48 A key intervening variable, however, which to some extent accelerated the decline of tradition, is growing familiarity with broader Western thinking and growing awareness of how professional or life experiences across Europe converge in spite of divergent national or cultural roots. Television, cinema, advertising, electronic communication, and travel have created an ubiquitous Western globalized culture. Exposure to alternative models of regulation and the worldwide spread of consumer commodities, art styles, mass media and tourism links national tastes and preferences to global markets and engenders the homogenization of lifestyles.

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