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The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics

The Impact of Eastern Enlargement on Rights, Activism and Prejudice

  • Koen Slootmaeckers
  • Heleen Touquet
  • Peter Vermeersch
Palgrave Macmillan

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Koen Slootmaeckers, Heleen Touquet, Peter Vermeersch
    Pages 1-16
  3. The Broader Picture: LGBT Issues in the EU

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Koen Slootmaeckers, Heleen Touquet, Peter Vermeersch
      Pages 19-44
    3. Mattias Kristoffersson, Björn van Roozendaal, Lilit Poghosyan
      Pages 45-67
    4. Uladzislau Belavusau, Dimitry Kochenov
      Pages 69-96
  4. Zooming in: Central and Eastern Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Conor O’Dwyer, Peter Vermeersch
      Pages 123-145
  5. Close-ups of the Western Balkans

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-238

About this book


This book offers a well-investigated and accessible picture of the current situation around the politics of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights and activism in Central Europe and the Western Balkans in the context of the enlargement of the European Union (EU). It provides not only thoughtful reflections on the topic but also a wealth of new empirical findings — arising from legal and policy analysis, large-scale sociological investigations and country case studies. Theoretical concepts come from institutional analysis, the study of social movements, law, and Europeanization literature. The authors discuss emerging Europe-wide activism for LGBT rights and analyze issues such as the tendency of nationalist movements to turn ‘sexual others’ into ‘national others,’ the actions and rhetoric of church actors as powerful counter-mobilizers against LGBT rights, and the role of the domestic state on the receiving end of EU pressure in the field of fundamental rights.



LGBT Europeanisation Sexualities Western Balkans Central Europe Eastern Europe European Union Lesbian and Gay politics Same-sex marriage Gender politics european union politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Koen Slootmaeckers
    • 1
  • Heleen Touquet
    • 2
  • Peter Vermeersch
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Politics and IRQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.KU Leuven – University of LeuvenLeuven International & European StudiesLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.KU Leuven – University of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

About the editors

Koen Slootmaeckers is a researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations Queen Mary University of London, UK, and Free Research Associate at LINES (Leuven International and European Studies) at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. 

Heleen Touquet is Part-Time Professor of International Relations at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. Her work on social movements and mobilisation in the Western Balkans has been published in, among others, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Europa-Asia Studies, and Nationalities Papers.

Peter Vermeersch is Professor of Politics at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, where he is Research Co-ordinator at LINES (Leuven International and European Studies). Previously, he published among others The Romani Movement: Minority Politics and Ethnic Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe (2006).


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The EU Enlargement and Gay Politics
  • Book Subtitle The Impact of Eastern Enlargement on Rights, Activism and Prejudice
  • Editors Koen Slootmaeckers
    Heleen Touquet
    Peter Vermeersch
  • Series Title Gender and Politics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Gender and Politics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-48092-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-69407-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-48093-4
  • Series ISSN 2662-5814
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-5822
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics European Union Politics
    Comparative Politics
    European Politics


“Still too little scholarship has explored the relationship between European enlargement and gay politics. This timely and comprehensive volume is a welcome correction to that gap. The authors make an impressive contribution to on-going debates around conditionality and Europeanization from the Baltics to the Balkans. The varied case studies and the interdisciplinary nature of the volume—weaving together theoretical approaches from fields of politics, law, sociology, and queer theory—makes this book an indispensable resource for a wide scholarly audience.” (Phillip Ayoub, Drexel University, USA)

“This volume offers an encompassing assessment of LBGT rights advocacy, identity politics and backlash in the context of the EU enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe. Among its greatest merits, the book contributes to bridging academia and activism and brings together established scholars, practitioners and civil society actors to offer valuable insights into the promises, challenges and pitfalls of current and future EU enlargement for LGBT rights in regions of Europe that, despite their salience and relevance, have been neglected for too long in sexuality and gender scholarship.” (Dr. Isabelle Engeli, University of Bath, UK)