Selective equality: social democratic parties and the referendums on same-sex marriage in Eastern Europe

Gherghina, S. and Silagadze, N. (2021) Selective equality: social democratic parties and the referendums on same-sex marriage in Eastern Europe. Europe-Asia Studies, (doi: 10.1080/09668136.2021.1902481) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

One of the core principles of social democracy is equality between citizens. However, in Europe, several social democratic parties have recently supported referendums against same-sex marriage. This article aims to examine the factors which drove left-wing parties to disregard the principle of equality by comparing the four most recent same-sex marriage referendums—in Croatia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia—between 2013 and 2018. The results of the qualitative analysis indicate that this behaviour can be explained by a combination of electoral decisions, government strategies and other ideological components.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gherghina, Dr Sergiu
Authors: Gherghina, S., and Silagadze, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0966-8136
ISSN (Online):1465-3427
Published Online:01 April 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Europe-Asia Studies 2021
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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