H 1 Gaining political power by utilizing opportunity structures: an analysis of the conservative religious-political movement in Croatia.
This paper explores a connection between religion and politics in Croatia by analyzing the conservative civic initiative “In the Name of the Family” (U ime obitelji). It is a part of a broader religious-political movement, which emerged over the course of the last decade, that is connected to other international conservative organizations and initiatives. They advocate for a decrease of secular influence on the family, oppose sexual and reproductive rights, and insist on the primacy of religious freedoms. The political nature of the movement manifests itself through multiple attempts to scrap the legislation and practices of both state and private institutions that are contradicting the value system of the Christian (Catholic) majority. The religious political nexus of the movement is confirmed by its continuous involvement in policy-making, here manifested through the use of direct democracy institutes.
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