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On religion and public policy: does Catholicism make a difference?

Castles, Francis G

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This paper suggests that differences in reIigious adherence and/or in degrees of secularization as between advanced nations may be as relevant to understanding cross-national variance in a wide range of public policy outcomes as are the impacts of socioeconomic and political factors. The prima facie evidence for such a thesis is demonstrated in areas as diverse as welfare expenditure, family policy and labour market policy outcomes, and is shown to have a particuIar saIience wherever...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCastles, Francis G
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-20T05:22:13Z
dc.date.available2011-04-20T05:22:13Z
dc.identifier.citationCastles, F.G. (1993). On religion and public policy: Does Catholicism make a difference? Public Policy Discussion Paper No. 34. Canberra, ACT: Graduate Program in Public Policy, The Australian National University.
dc.identifier.isbn0 7315 1577 3
dc.identifier.issn1030-2190
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/7278
dc.description.abstractThis paper suggests that differences in reIigious adherence and/or in degrees of secularization as between advanced nations may be as relevant to understanding cross-national variance in a wide range of public policy outcomes as are the impacts of socioeconomic and political factors. The prima facie evidence for such a thesis is demonstrated in areas as diverse as welfare expenditure, family policy and labour market policy outcomes, and is shown to have a particuIar saIience wherever gender-related outcomes are at issue. On the basis of this evidence, it is suggested that, in policy outcome terms at least, it is possible to identify a distinctive Catholic family of nations consisting of a grouping of core Western European and Southern European countries.
dc.format.extent35 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherGraduate Program in Public Policy, Australian National University
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.source.urihttp://www.crawford.anu.edu.au/degrees/ppdp_discussion_papers/PPDP_34.pdf
dc.titleOn religion and public policy: does Catholicism make a difference?
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.notesThis article was completed whilst I was a Visiting Fellow at SCASSS, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences I would like to record my gratitude to the Directors of SCASSS for the privileged opportunity to undertake a period of contemplative research
dc.date.issued1993-04
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.crawford.anu.edu.au
local.type.statusPublished version
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission granted to archive the paper and make it publically available
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