Veil Bans in Western Europe: Interpreting Policy Diffusion examines the diffusion of Muslim veil-ban laws in four Western European countries within the last decade; France, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. Nationwide bans on full-face Muslim veiling are rooted in several systemic, normative, and political accounts and advocated by contrasting political ideologies. Methodologically, this paper employs an integrative perspective to explain the process of diffusion in some countries but not in others, by exploring both external and internal factors that led to policy innovation. Overall, full-face Muslim veil bans in Western Europe have been intended to accelerate cultural integration of minorities to European values and traditions, but have been challenged by Muslim minorities in the region and their rights of expression and religion.
On page 25, the information on the outcome of the Muslim veil-ban bill in the Netherlands was incorrect. Even though the bill was sponsored by a center-right coalition government in 2012, the government collapsed in 2013 and was replaced by a center-left government. The new government coalition shelved the bill (BBC, July 1st 2014).
Piatti-Crocker, Adriana and Tasch, Laman
Veil Bans in Western Europe: Interpreting Policy Diffusion.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 16(2), 15-29.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol16/iss2/2