Europeanizing vs. Nationalizing the Issue of Same-Sex Marriage in Central Europe: A Comparative Analysis of Framing Processes in Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia

  • Maxime Forest
Part of the Global Queer Politics book series (GQP)


This chapter addresses policy debates around the regulation of same-sex partnerships in Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs). Theoretically grounded in sociological and discursive institutionalisms, it draws upon the comparative analysis carried out by the team of the EU-funded Quality in Gender + Equality Policies (QUING) project, complemented by the author’s own legislative tracking of debates on this issue. The chapter first places recent developments against the background of institutional legacies from state socialism as regards the regulation of homosexuality. After a brief account of the debates on the recognition of same-sex partnerships held in the region in the context of EU accession, it further explores the role of Europeanization-driven versus domestic variables by focusing on four specific countries: Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Croatia.


Same-sex marriage Framing Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Institutional legacies Europeanization 


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  • Maxime Forest
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  1. 1.Sciences Po ParisParisFrance

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