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Clem Henricson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323815

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323815.001.0001

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Introduction: why we need a better connection between morality and public policy

Introduction: why we need a better connection between morality and public policy

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Morality and public policy

Clem Henricson

Policy Press

The opening chapter establishes the imperative of rectifying a faulty relationship between morality and public policy. It examines how the tensions and diversity in moral theory and practice have been heightened in the 21st century by the faith secular divide, multicultural living, individualism, intergenerational shifts, the catalyst of burgeoning communication facilities, issues of inequality of resource distribution and a pervasive disquiet associated with the mismatch between expectations and realities of human conduct. Together they constitute a state of change and fracture that demands a considered, comprehensive governmental response, but to date this has not been forthcoming. The failure to provide that response is considered in a historical context in relation to UK governance and its detrimental impact is flagged up across assisted dying, abortion, homosexuality, resource distribution and social management in the face of the reality of the human condition and the nature of morality as the arbiter and accommodator of contradictory impulses. The aim of the book is described as being to review the scope of morality and to produce a model for the state’s role in supporting and managing morality with its attendant fluidity, multiple codes and frictions in a fast changing, multicultural society.

Keywords:   managing morality, public policy, uk governance, faith secular divide, intergenerational shifts, multicultural society, human condition, impulses, assisted dying, inequality

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