Regulating intimate relationships in the European polity: same-sex unions and policy convergence

Kollman, K. and Patermotte, D. (2013) Regulating intimate relationships in the European polity: same-sex unions and policy convergence. Social Politics, 20(4), pp. 510-533. (doi:10.1093/sp/jxs024)

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Abstract

Since 1989, twenty-three European countries have implemented same-sex union (SSU) laws. We argue that the political processes leading to the adoption of these policies have been shaped by international influences such as policy harmonization, elite lesson-drawing and most importantly by social learning fostered within transnational networks. We examine SSU policies in four West European countries—Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Spain—to illustrate how these international influences and transnational networks have shaped SSU policy outcomes, and argue that the workings of these networks resemble those of the “velvet triangle” policy communities identified by gender scholars.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kollman, Dr Kelly
Authors: Kollman, K., and Patermotte, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Social Politics
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1072-4745
ISSN (Online):1468-2893
Published Online:26 March 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in Social Politics 20(4):510-533
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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