Aktiv dødshjælp: Moralpolitik og demokrati

Katariina Sævild, Louise Kildahl Lauritsen & Sofie Olivia Fuglsang

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates the function of democracy in the absence of political debate when it comes to moral questions in Denmark, and euthanasia is used as an example of this. To enlighten what can be seen as democratic we use four different understandings of democracy: Abraham Lincolns democracy, party democracy, the free mandate, and the deliberative democracy. In addition, we have used theories of agenda setting and the decision-making process to illustrate, how moral politics are differently treated compared to other political questions. It is concluded that the decision-making of moral questions is treated different then other political questions. The National Ethical Council has an informal influence on the decision-making regarding euthanasia. Euthanasia is not a part of the political agenda, and therefore will it never enter the decision-making process. Furthermore it is concluded that the democratic compilations associated with how moral politics is handled in Denmark differs from each theory.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2014
VejledereJuul Christiansen Flemming


  • Demokrati