Religion and morality policy: An analysis of the influence of religious groups in the policy implementation stage (2017-2021)


Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Swiss Research Foundation (SNF)


PIs and Co-PIs: Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill, Dr. Eva-Maria Euchner, Prof. Dr. Christian Joppke, Dr. Irina Cironei.

Team Members:  Olivia Mettang, Lisa Riedel, Ilay Yesil, Michalina Preisner, Verena Benoit.



The project aims to explore and explain the engagement of religious actors subsequent to morality policy adoption at the implementation stage. Specifically, this includes the activity of Catholic, Protestant and Muslim actors in regard to five morality policies, namely abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, prostitution and religious education and in six different country contexts (Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, France and Germany). Apart from new empirical insights, the project provides an innovative theoretical framework for the explanation of the variance of the involvement of religious communities in the implementation phase of morality policies.



Work in progress

  • Working Paper: "Policy ambiguity and conflict level as predictors of church engagement in morality policy implementation." (E.-M. Euchner, O. Mettang, L. Riedel)
  • Working Paper: "Policy implementation a playground for losers of decision-making?"(E.-M. Euchner, O. Mettang)
  • Working Paper: "Crusade or compliance with permissive morality laws?  Religious regulatory intermediaries in abortion and euthanasia policies in Belgium." (I. Ciornei, I. Yesil, M. Preisner, E.-M. Euchner)

Talks, conferences and panel organization