1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics

    446 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    446 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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