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Global Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage

A Neo-Institutional Approach

  • Bronwyn Winter
  • Maxime Forest
  • Réjane Sénac

Part of the Global Queer Politics book series (GQP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Bronwyn Winter, Maxime Forest, Réjane Sénac
    Pages 1-18
  3. Ashley Currier, Julie Moreau
    Pages 81-104
  4. Bronwyn Winter
    Pages 221-227
  5. Bronwyn Winter, Maxime Forest, Réjane Sénac
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-241

About this book


This book provides a comparative, neo-institutionalist approach to the different factors impacting state adoption of—or refusal to adopt—same-sex marriage laws. The now twenty-one countries where lesbians and gay men can legally marry include recent or longstanding democracies, republics and parliamentary monarchies, and unitary and federal states. They all reflect different positions with respect to religion and the cultural foundations of the nation. Countries opposed to such legalization, and those having taken measures in recent years to legally reinforce the heterosexual fundaments of marriage, present a similar diversity. This diversity, in a globalized context where the idea of same-sex marriage has become integral to claims for LGBTI equality and indeed LGBTI human rights, gives rise to the following question: which factors contribute to institutionalizing same-sex marriage?

The analytical framework used for exploring these factors in this book is neo-institutio

nalism. Through three neo-institutionalist lenses—historical, sociological and discursive—contributors investigate two aspects of the processes of adoption or opposition of equal recognition of same-sex partnerships. Firstly, they reveal how claims by LGBTIQ movements are being framed politically and brought to parliamentary politics. Secondly, they explore the ways in which same-sex marriage becomes institutionalized (or resisted) through legal and societal norms and practices. Although it adopts neo-institutionalism as its main theoretical framework, the book incorporates a broad range of perspectives, including scholarship on social movements, LGBTI rights, heterosexuality and social norms, and gender and politics.


historical institutionalism sociological institutionalism discursive institutionalism neo-institutionalism gender studies comparative politics civil rights Latin America Europe Africa Australia Asia United Kingdom regionalism policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Bronwyn Winter
    • 1
  • Maxime Forest
    • 2
  • Réjane Sénac
    • 3
  1. 1.European StudiesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Sciences Po - OFCECenter for Political Research CEVIPOFParisFrance
  3. 3.Sciences Po - CNRSCenter for Political Research CEVIPOFParisFrance

About the editors

Bronwyn Winter is Deputy Director of the European Studies program at the University of Sydney, Australia, where she also contributes to the International and Global Studies program.

Maxime Forest is Researcher, Senior Lecturer, and Scientific Coordinator at the EU-funded EGERA project (Effective Gender Equality in Research and the Academia, Framework Project 7) at Sciences Po Paris, France.

Réjane Sénac is a National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Tenured Researcher at the Centre for Political Research (CEVIPOF) at Sciences Po Paris, France.

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