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

Slootmaeckers, K. & 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

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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.

Item 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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Value-based Euroscepticism, LGBT, Same-sex Marriage, Euroscepticism, Referendum, Croatia
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of International Politics
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18354

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