Legislating Morality in America: Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies

by
Donald P. Haider-Markeleditor

Donald P. Haider-Markel is professor and chair of political science at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching is focused on the dynamics between public opinion, political representation, political behavior, and public policy.

Legislating Morality in America: Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies

20200131

ABC-CLIO

Pages 312
Topics Abortion;Animal Rights and Welfare;Death Penalty;Economic Inequality;Gambling;Genetic Engineering;Illegal Immigration;Poverty;Prayer and Religious Observance;Religious Freedom;Second Amendment;Sex Education in Public Schools;Sin Taxes;Current Events and Issues: Society

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Legislating Morality in America: Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies

Author(s): Donald P. Haider-Markel, Editor
Contributors: Haider-Markel, Donald;
Abstract:

This title undertakes an impartial, authoritative, and in-depth examination of the moral arguments and ideas behind the laws and policies that govern personal, corporate, and government behavior in the United States.

This A-Z encyclopedia surveys the moral arguments that provide the foundation for many of the most important and/or divisive laws, policies, and beliefs that govern modern American society. The work discusses such controversial and important issues as abortion, civil rights, drugs and alcohol, euthanasia, guns, hate crimes, immigration, immunization, natural resource use and protection, prostitution, same-sex marriage, and workplace laws.

In the process of surveying historical and current beliefs about appropriate legislative responses to these issues, this work will help readers to understand how conservative and liberal conceptions of justice, fairness, and morality are at the center of so many hot-button political and social issues in 21st century America. The essays featured in the volume cover wide-ranging and controversial topics related to constitutional and religious freedoms, issues of crime and punishment, sexuality and reproduction, environmental protection and public health, national security and civil liberties, social welfare programs, and education.


  • Context-setting overview essay introduces the question of whether (or to what degree) legislation inevitably carries a moral element and discusses examples of legislation in US history with a significant alleged "moral" grounding, ranging from the Emancipation Proclamation and Prohibition to anti-smoking laws, the Civil Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act
  • Each entry not only summarizes economic, legal, and sociological arguments for or against positions on these issues but more importantly focuses on the ethical/moral arguments championed by various sides
  • A chronology of events situates morality historically as a force in US legislation
  • An annotated bibliography suggests resources for further study, related to concepts of morality and their impact on American laws

Editor(s): Haider-Markel, Donald;
SortTitle: legislating morality in america: debating the morality of controversial u.s. laws and policies
Keyword(s): Abortion; Animal Rights and Welfare; Death Penalty; Economic Inequality; Gambling; Genetic Engineering; Illegal Immigration; Poverty; Prayer and Religious Observance; Religious Freedom; Second Amendment; Sex Education in Public Schools; Sin Taxes; Current Events and Issues: Society
Author Info:
Donald P. Haider-Markeleditor

Donald P. Haider-Markel is professor and chair of political science at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching is focused on the dynamics between public opinion, political representation, political behavior, and public policy.

eISBN-13: 9781440849718
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Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 312
Publication Date: 20200131