Policy Struggle on Reproduction: Doctors, Women, and Christians

Isabelle Engeli

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How best to govern reproduction is the subject of heated controversies and policies on abortion and reproductive technologies present strong variations. Through fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis, the article explores the interplay of institutional settings, Christian Democratic politics, women's movement, and Christian opposition in France and Switzerland since the 1970s. If little evidence is found for any institutional impact on policies regarding abortion and reproductive technologies, the analysis confirms the growing influence of the medical profession over reproductive issues and shows that the success of the women's movement has been fluctuating while prolife opposition seems to have gradually lost influence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330 - 345
Number of pages16
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Abortion
  • Reproductive Technology
  • Regulation
  • Governance
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Stakeholder
  • Christian Democracy
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Policy Design


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