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Cultural and Institutional Factors Affecting Political Contention over Moral Issues

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Abortion and same-sex marriage are moral issues that remain highly contentious in the political life of the United States compared to other countries. This level of contention is explained through comparison with Canada. Contrasts in culture and institutions shaping issues and the political avenues that allow their enactment account for differences in the tenor of politics in the two countries.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago & New York University, 245 Prospect Avenue, Apt. 11C, Hackensack, NJ 07601, USA;, Email: mildred@uic.edu; 2: Department of Political Science, Loyola University of Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626, USA;, Email: rtatalo@luc.edu

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2009-01-01
2016-12-10

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