1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics

ISBN 9781138485259
Published March 18, 2021 by Routledge
446 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook maps the expanding field of gender and EU politics, giving an overview of the fundamentals and new directions of the sub- discipline, and serving as a reference book for (gender) scholars and students at different levels interested in the EU.

In investigating the gendered nature of European integration and gender relations in the EU as a political system, it summarizes and assesses the research on gender and the EU to this point in time, identifies existing research gaps in gender and EU studies and addresses directions for future research. Distinguished contributors from the US, the UK and continental Europe, and from across disciplines from political science, sociology, economics and law, expertly inform about gender approaches and summarize the state of the art in gender and EU studies.

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics provides an essential and authoritative source of information for students, scholars and researchers in EU studies/ politics, gender studies/ politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations, political and gender sociology, political economy, European and legal studies/ law.

Table of Contents

1. Whose Story is it Anyway? Studying European Integration with a Gender Lens

Gabriele Abels and Heather MacRae

PART 1: Gendering the EU: Theoretical Perspectives

Thematic introduction

2. The EU as a Gender Equality Regime: A Core Research Concept

Angelika von Wahl

3. Europeanization

Maxime Forest

4. Social Constructivism

Emanuela Lombardo and Johanna Kantola

5. Feminist Institutionalism

Heather MacRae and Elaine Weiner

6. Feminist Political Economy and its Explanatory Promise

Rosalind Cavaghan and Anna Elomäki

7. EU, Men and Masculinities

Jeff Hearn, Katarzyna Wojnicka, Iva Šmídová and Keith Pringle

8. The EU Approach to Intersectional Discrimination in Law

Iyiola Solanke

PART 2: Gendering the EU Polity and Structures of Governance

Thematic introduction

9. European Parliament

Petra Ahrens and Lise Rolandsen Agustín

10. Gendering the Council System

Gabriele Abels

11. Gender Equality and the European Commission

Miriam Hartlapp, Henriette Müller and Ingeborg Tömmel

12. The European External Action Service

Laura Chappell

13. The Politics of Gender in the Field of European Agencies

Sophie Jacquot and Andrea Krizsan

14. The Court of Justice of the EU and Judicial Politics

Jessica Guth and Sanna Elfving

PART 3: Gendered Politics in the EU

Thematic introduction

15. Enlargement

Cristina Chiva

16. Gender and EU Citizenship

Birte Siim and Monika Mokre

17. The Privilege of (Defining) Knowledge: Gender Differences in Political Knowledge across Europe

Jessica Fortin-Rittberger and Lena Ramstetter

18. Civil Society

Sabine Lang

19. Party Politics

Petra Ahrens and Lise Rolandsen Augustín

PART 4: Gender Equality and EU Policies

Thematic introduction

20. Social and Employment Policy

Susan Milner

21. Economic and Monetary Union

Alexandra Scheele

22. Trade Policies

Maria García

23. Development Policy

Petra Debusscher

24. Gender and EU Climate Policy

Gill Allwood

25. Research Policy

Marcela Linková and Lut Mergaert

26. Security and Defense Policy

Hanna L. Muehlenhoff

27. Migration and Asylum Policy

Ulrike Krause and Helen Schwenken

28. Violence against Women and Gender-based Violence

Conny Roggeband

PART 5: A Gender Lens on Key Issues and Debates

Thematic introduction

29. The Populist Challenge to Gender Equality

Birte Siim and Christina Fiig

30. Economic Crisis and the Politics of Austerity

Johanna Kantola and Emanuela Lombardo

31. The Gender Story of Brexit: From Under-representation of Women to Marginalisation of Equality

Roberta Guerrina and Annick Masselot

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Gabriele Abels is Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration at the Institute for Political Science, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Andrea Krizsan is Associate Professor at the Central European University, Hungary.

Heather MacRae is Associate Professor and former Jean Monnet Chairholder in the Department of Politics at York University, Toronto, Canada.

Anna van der Vleuten is Professor Contesting Europeanization at the Department of Political Science at Radboud University, The Netherlands


"This superb handbook provides us with cutting-edge chapters on European institutions and European integration by today’s leading gender politics scholars. Their feminist critical analysis of gender and European politics marks a high point in European studies. It will become a classic text, providing foundational contributions to teaching and research for many years to come."
Yvonne Galligan, Technological University Dublin, Ireland

"This handbook is a fantastic intervention into contemporary European studies delving into both the theory and practices of European integration using a gender lens. A one stop shop for all things gender and Europe, the editors have curated an extraordinary collection of contributions. At a time when there is a backlash against insights that centre gender perspectives within Europe and globally, this Handbook demonstrate the need for resistance."
Toni Haastrup, University of Stirling, UK

"The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics offers a significant, creative corrective to the his-torically biased nature of most grand narratives addressing the European Union’s development. Concentrating on core constructs and institutions, its contributors engage with "mainstream" literature as well as with gender scholarship, pinpointing topics for future research. One can only hope that "malestream" researchers will begin to follow their lead, to ensure a more complete, his- and her-storical picture of what makes the EU "tick" and where it needs to go from here."
Joyce Marie Mushaben, Georgetown University, USA

"At a time when gender equality policies are under attack and the European Union is self-destructing, this book is a crucial reminder of the historical importance of European integration to women’s rights in the region. This handbook is a must-read for students, researchers, journalists and practitioners. It examines politics in a broad sense, covering most fields of political science with openings towards history, law, political economy and sociology. It offers an up-to-date overview of gender politics and the EU, including timely issues such as austerity, Brexit and populism."
David Paternotte, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

"...By bringing different ontological perspectives on gender and the EU together, this handbook will help to ‘gender mainstream’ future EU scholarship..."

Isabelle Hertner, (2021) "Gendering European politics: A story of Progress and Backlash", Journal of European Integration, 43:4, 511-517