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Marrying European and Domestic Politics? The Marriage Referendum in Croatia and Value-Based Euroscepticism

Slootmaeckers, K. and Sircar, I. (2018). Marrying European and Domestic Politics? The Marriage Referendum in Croatia and Value-Based Euroscepticism. Europe-Asia Studies, 70(3), pp. 321-344. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1457136

Abstract

On 1 December 2013, Croatia voted in a referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage. Whilst recent scholarship highlighted the symbolism nature of the referendum in domestic politics, its European dimension has not been reflected on.Using Leconte’s notion of value-based Euroscepticism this article explores the role of European politics in the marriage referendum, using electoral data at the municipal level. As the analysis demonstrates that the referendum, at least partly, was a proactive attempt to halt the Europeanisation of same-sex marriage, the article also sheds light on local resistance to EU’s homonationalist politics.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Europe-Asia Studies on 26 Apr 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09668136.2018.1457136
Publisher Keywords: Value-based Euroscepticism, LGBT, Same-sex Marriage, Euroscepticism, Referendum, Croatia
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18354
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